- Code HUMN8037
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Humanities
- Areas of interest Geography, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Heritage Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This intensive field-based course will offer first-hand knowledge and experience of heritage management and practices in China. The main focus of the course is the development of empirical research skills associated with community-based heritage studies. The course will provide valuable opportunities for students to meet heritage officials, experts, practitioners, planners, and managers. Moreover, students will be introduced to various techniques of conducting ethnographic research including interviews, participant observation, and focus groups. Through conducting group ethnographic research, they will obtain first-hand knowledge of cultural, social and political issues surrounding cultural heritage.
Students will only be permitted to travel upon completion of ANU required documentation, including, where required, the travel to a high risk destination form and the approval of all documentation by the relevant delegate.
Disclaimer: Applicants are advised that due to circumstances beyond the University's control (for example, specific international security concerns and international health crises) it may not be possible for students to commence or complete this course as advertised, in which case an alternative lesson plan will be arranged to fulfil the course requirements
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:
- Assess heritage policies from China
- Apply ethnographic approaches to studying heritage research
- Design and participate in group projects studying heritage management and practices
- Analyze the role of policies in heritage management practices at selected heritage sites
- Identify the power relations among different stakeholders at selected heritage sites
Indicative AssessmentPre-trip preparatory research paper, 1000 words (20%) Learning Outcome 1
Teamwork and daily participation in research projects (10%) Learning Outcomes 2, 3
Individual presentation at conclusion of Field School, 15 mins (20%) Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4, 5
Final essay, 4000 words (50%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 8 hours of lectures, 10 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities, and 18 hours fieldwork activities.
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.
Preliminary ReadingBlumenfield T. and H. Silverman (2013), Cultural Heritage Politics in China. New York: Springer.
Ryckmans, P., 2008. The Chinese attitude towards the past. China Heritage Quarterly 14. Originally published in Papers on Far Eastern History 39 (March 1989): 1-16.
Wang G. (1985) Loving the Ancient in China. In Who Owns the Past? I. McBryde, ed., Melbourne; Oxford University Press:.
Zhu, Y., 2015 Cultural effects of authenticity: contested heritage practices in China. International Journal of Heritage Studies 21(6): 594-608.
Zhu, Y., 2016 Authenticity and Heritage Conservation in China: Translation, Interpretation and practices. In Aspects of Authenticity in Architectural Heritage Conservation, edited by K. Weiler, 187-200, Heidelberg: Springer.
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