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Heritage Conservation (11015.2)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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In this unit you will be introduced to the concept of heritage as a social process of using and valuing aspects of the past in the present. We will review the origins, history and philosophy of the contemporary heritage conservation movement by examining key manifestos and examples, including from the UK, Scandinavia, France, China, India and the USA. We will then focus on the post-war rise of heritage as a major feature of national cultural politics and international cultural diplomacy, and use UNESCO's World Heritage List as a device to examine how place and landscape embody memory and cultural heritage significance for different communities. We will focus on the material remnants of the past in built environments and cultural landscapes, but also consider how cultural values, materiality, cultural knowledge and practice, are entangled, and how conservation approaches this complexity.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Interpret and apply concepts of heritage value, significance and the philosophical underpinnings of different approaches to conservation;

2. Explain and contextualise the history of heritage conservation and its regional traditions and approaches;

3. Analyse and compare different approaches to heritage conservation from different periods and national contexts; and

4. Apply understandings of heritage value and conservation to the analysis of approaches to heritage conservation, including assessments of heritage value and conservation management plans.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 1 hour lecture and one 2 hour interactive workshop per week.





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Equivalent Units

8948 People, Place and the Past.

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