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Issues and Techniques in Global Heritage (ABPL90355)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90355
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

An introduction to current issues and techniques in the field of cultural heritage globally. It will survey differing philosophies and challenges being faced in the documentation, interpretation, support and management of conservation and cultural heritage of buildings, landscapes, sites and cities across the world. The study will proceed via detailed case studies examining projects from a range of scales that may include individual buildings and structures, natural and designed landscapes, urban places and precincts, as well as sites of cultural and historical significance. It will include issues such as twentieth-century heritage, heritage during time of war, and the roles of sustainability and tourism as emerging challenges and opportunities for global heritage. Key to this study will be the development of a critical appreciation of the differences and relevance of international heritage-based charters and international heritage organisations. We will look at UNESCO World Heritage listings and terms of significance, and key national and international charters and regulations.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the subject students should have:

  • an understanding of the various ways in which contemporary approaches to conservation and cultural heritage differ across the globe;
  • a critical understanding of the range, diversity and use of international heritage charters;
  • exposure to different practices in the heritage assessment and interpretation of a building or place;
  • located or managed within a cross-cultural environment, and have sensitivity to local and cultural concerns;
  • a critical awareness of the aims, ideals and practices of contemporary conservation and heritage professional bodies and agencies across the globe.

Generic skills

On completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:

  • working knowledge and appreciation of a range of approaches applied globally to the documentation and physical investigation of buildings, landscapes and places;
  • working knowledge and appreciation of international heritage charters;
  • experience in the diagnosis of appropriate approaches to conservation and cultural heritage in a global setting.

Eligibility and requirements


Admission into a course at the Melbourne School of Design.



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • LMS Discussion Threads, due on the last day of teaching, 1000 words (30%);
  • Research Proposal, due in class at the end of the first week, 500 words (10%);
  • Research Report, due three weeks after the final class, 3500 words (60%).

Dates & times

  • August
    Principal coordinatorStuart King
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursSeminars and fieldworks equivalent to two lectures and one tutorial a week. This subject may be delivered in intensive form (not more than 44 hours).
    Total time commitment160 hours
    Teaching period26 August 2019 to 7 September 2019
    Last self-enrol date28 August 2019
    Census date 6 September 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail20 September 2019
    Assessment period ends28 September 2019

    August contact information

    Stuart King (Subject Coordinator)


Time commitment details

160 hours

Further information

Last updated: 8 August 2019