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Understanding Cultural and Heritage Values (11121.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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This unit will focus on the management of culture and heritage and how this varies in different social, political and environmental contexts around the world. The unit will examine the underpinning philosophies and ethical implications of heritage and conservation practices, and an emphasis will be placed on understanding values based management, the Burra Charter, and the World Heritage and Intangible Heritage Conventions. Key themes will be ethics and community-based research, notions of authenticity, heritage as social action, tourism, and Indigenous rights. Students undertaking this unit will demonstrate their understanding of heritage and management processes by undertaking significance assessment, management and interpretation exercises and participate in practice-based decision-making.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Articulate the key components and methods of management processes for culture and heritage;

2. Identify and assess cultural heritage values within a contextual understanding of culture and society;

3. Identify and analyse the main ethical issues surrounding cultural heritage practice; and

4. Apply ethical approaches in cultural heritage practices and community-based research.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

1 hour lecture on-campus or online and 2 hour interactive on-campus workshops per week and 2 hour on-campus or online for 2 weeks.


11129 Cultures and Diversity.


11128 Connections to Country.

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