• Class Number 3559
  • Term Code 3140
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr Yujie Zhu
    • Dr Yujie Zhu
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 07/06/2021
  • Class End Date 11/06/2021
  • Census Date 11/06/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 11/06/2021
SELT Survey Results

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:

  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.

Research-Led Teaching

This course focuses on best practice in identifying, conserving and presenting the cultural values of World Heritage sites. Students will have the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of the theoretical and political issues relating to World Heritage in cultural, natural and cultural landscape forms. In details, the course analyses UNESCO 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.

Field Trips

No field trip

Additional Course Costs

no additional costs

Required Resources

See also PDFs of key articles provided on WATTLE.

Cameron, C & Rossler, M 2013 Many Voices, One Vision: The early years of the World Heritage Convention, Ashgate, England and USA

UNESCO. 1972. Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Paris: http://whc.unesco.org/en/conventiontext/

UNESCO 1994 Global Strategy: http://whc.unesco.org/en/globalstrategy/

UNESCO. 2003. Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage. Paris: UNESCO. http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?pg=00006

UNESCO World Heritage Centre. 2008. Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention, Paris: UNESCO http://whc.unesco.org/en/guidelines/

UNESCO. 2010. Preparing World Heritage Nominations. Paris: UNESCO http://whc.unesco.org/en/activities/643/ UNESCO The 39th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Bonn Germany 28 June to 8 July: video and documents at http://whc.unesco.org/en/sessions/39com

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Welcome and introduction
2 UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention: who does what? online exercise
3 Operational guidelines, OUV and criteria online exercise
4 World Heritage Policy online exercise
5 World Heritage Interpretation and Presentation online exercise
6 Intangible Cultural heritage online exercise
7 Memory of the World online exercise
8 Historic Urban Landscape online exercise
9 Cultural Landscape online exercise
10 World Heritage management online exercise
11 World Heritage Politics and Practices: case study of China online exercise
12 Japan’s industrial heritage nomination online exercise
13 ICH Case Study in Gambia online exercise

Tutorial Registration

All tutorial is obligatory as part of this course

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Worksheets and short essays 40 % 14/06/2021 18/06/2021 1,2,4,5
Main Essay 50 % 25/06/2021 01/07/2021 3,4,5
Participation 10 % * * 1-5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


This is an intensive online course and requires students to attend all tutorials.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 14/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 18/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5

Worksheets and short essays

You are asked to complete two worksheets and two short essays based on the notes taken from the lectures, readings and seminars. 10% of the value for each worksheet/short essay. The max word count for each short essay is 1000 words. Further information will be provided in the class. Work must be submitted online via Wattle.

· Use appropriate written and verbal expression for a variety of relevant professional and academic purposes that involve cultural heritage issues.

· Apply interdisciplinary and critical thinking and theoretical ideas to case studies.

· Model best practice and have a commitment to ethical, reflective practice in regard to cultural heritage.

. Apply a functioning knowledge of current policy frameworks for World heritage management to academic and professional practice.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 25/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 01/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,5

Main Essay

You are required to carry out independent research and produce a 3000-word essay written to the highest academic standards with full and complete references (reference lists will not count towards the word count). You must choose a topic from the list below:

Topic 1: The politics of World Heritage

Topic 2: Digitalisation of World heritage

Topic 3: The challenges and trends of the interpretation and representation of World heritage especially those post-conflict (dark/difficult) sites

We will discuss in the seminars how you will do the research and find extra readings for your essay. The essays will be assessed based on critical engagement with the topic, the development of a central structuring argument, the critical approach to analysis data, the uses of examples, the referencing.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-5


You are required to complete all online lectures and attend all the online tutorials/seminars.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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