• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Humanities
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Archaeology, Development Studies, Political Sciences, Heritage Studies

This course focuses on best practice in identifying, conserving and presenting the cultural values of World Heritage sites. Students will have the opportunity to learn practical heritage management skills as well as gaining a thorough understanding of the theoretical and political issues relating to World Heritage and, more generally, cultural heritage management. In details, the course analyses World Heritage philosophy, guidelines and protocols, cultural heritage management and its critics, the challenges and politics of World heritage, and the relation between World heritage and local communities.

This intensive topic is offered only in online mode Presenters will include heritage experts who have worked locally and internationally in the field of heritage. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Identify and analyse the role of key actors in World Heritage nomination, conservation and management;
  2. Identify best practice in the management of cultural heritage through World Heritage case studies;
  3. Analyse the power relations among actors at international, national and local levels that shape heritage management practice;
  4. Apply a functioning knowledge of current policy frameworks for cultural heritage management to academic and professional practice; and
  5. Critically apply interdisciplinary thinking and theoretical ideas to case studies of heritage nomination, conservation and management.

Indicative Assessment

Online Participation (10%)  [Learning Outcomes 1-5]
2 x Worksheets, 1000 words each (10% each for a total of 20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
Short Essay, 1500 words (20%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4]
Final essay, 3000 words (50%) [Learning Outcomes 3, 4, 5]

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.130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks:  20 hours of online lectures and 16 hours of online workshop and workshop-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Archaeology and Anthropology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

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Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5675 15 Jun 2020 18 Jun 2020 18 Jun 2020 19 Jun 2020 Online N/A

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