• Offered by Research School of Humanities and the Arts
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Humanities
  • Areas of interest Health Medicine and the Body, Econometrics, European Studies
  • Work Integrated Learning Fieldwork

This intensive field-based course will offer first-hand knowledge and experience of heritage management and tourism practices outside the ANU campus. The main focus of field school is the development of empirical research skills associated with community-based heritage and tourism management in the real world. The in-person course will provide valuable opportunities for students to meet heritage tourism officials, experts, managers, practitioners, planners, and managers. Moreover, students will be introduced to various techniques for conducting ethnographic research, including interviews, participant observation, and focus groups. Through group ethnographic research, they will obtain first-hand knowledge of cultural, social and political issues surrounding heritage tourism.

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 topics requiring international travel.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. assess heritage and tourism policies from the destination of the field school;
  2. apply ethnographic approaches to studying heritage tourism research;
  3. design and participate in group projects studying heritage tourism management and practices;
  4. analyse the role of policies in heritage tourism management practices at selected heritage sites; and
  5. identify the power relations among different heritage and tourism stakeholders at selected heritage sites.

Work Integrated Learning


Other Information

Students are required to cover extra costs relating to travel and local accommodation for the field school. An information session will be organised for students to prepare for the course. 

Indicative Assessment

  1. Field school dairy (1500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Teamwork and daily participation in research projects (10) [LO 2,3]
  3. Individual presentation at the conclusion of Field School (15 mins) (20) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  4. Final essay (3000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 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

Inherent Requirements

The field school requires students to travel overseas and pay extra costs, including flights, accommodation and local transportation. Students with mobility concerns should contact the course convenor to discuss adjustments.

Prescribed Texts

Zhu, Y. (2021). Heritage tourism: from problems to possibilities. Cambridge University Press.

Zhu, Y., & Maags, C. (2020). Heritage politics in China: The power of the past. Routledge.

Preliminary Reading

Zhu, Y. (2018). Heritage and romantic consumption in China (p. 205). Amsterdam University Press.


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
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9371 01 Oct 2025 TBA TBA 31 Dec 2025 In Person N/A

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