• Offered by Research School of Humanities and the Arts
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Humanities
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Museums and Collections, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course focuses on best practice in managing heritage places. This intensive topic is based at a key heritage site in Australia and will include heritage experts with a wide range of local and international experience in the field of heritage management. Issues relating to the documentation of heritage places as well as heritage management practice are explored directly with expert staff.  Australian and international examples of heritage management methodology and practice from a wide range of sites will be explored and opportunities will be provided for an exploration of management issues provided by participants. Students will have the opportunity to learn practical heritage management skills alongside of gaining a thorough understanding of the theoretical and political issues relating to cultural heritage management.

Where this course involves travel outside of Canberra (including to other parts of the ACT), students will only be permitted to travel upon completion of ANU required documentation and the approval of all documentation by the relevant delegate.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. comprehend and appreciate the complex issues involved in heritage conservation and management and best practice in resolving them;
  2. apply appropriate concepts and technical language for a variety of relevant professional and academic purposes that involve cultural heritage issues;
  3. demonstrate interdisciplinary thinking and the ability to apply theoretical ideas to real-life issues;
  4. model best practice and have a commitment to ethical, reflective practice in regard to cultural heritage;
  5. apply a functioning knowledge of current policy frameworks for cultural heritage management to academic and professional practice; and
  6. contribute to the management of a range of heritage places through enhanced understanding, skills and practical knowledge.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Management of heritage places worksheet (1500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,5]
  2. Site Management Plan (4000 words) (70) [LO 3,4,6]

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This course is delivered in Intensive Mode. The 130 hours of total student learning time is made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 5 days; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Research School of Humanities and the Arts to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Pearson, M. and Sullivan, S.  1995.  Looking after Heritage Places. The basics of heritage planning for managers, landowners and administrators, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne.

West, Susie, ed. Understanding heritage in practice. Manchester University Press, 2010.

Assumed Knowledge



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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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