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This unit allows students to develop a broad knowledge of heritage issues from the perspective of History as a discipline and to develop analytical skills concerning local and global heritage issues. You will critically reflect on how heritage is ‘made’ by archaeologists, museums, politicians, and monument builders, and examine how the presentation of the past has become a commercial enterprise, as seen in the rise of heritage sites, websites such as Ancestry.com and Find My Past, and television and other media based programs. It will ask challenging questions about the purpose of museums and the nature of monuments, as well as taking you on a virtual tour of national and international heritage interpretations. The unit will develop your skills in communicating perspectives in writing and other media, and in problem solving and decision making on issues concerning history and cultural heritage. It will teach you how to convey the complexities of the past to diverse audiences in compelling ways as well as understanding the basis upon which heritage items are conserved and selected for preservation. It will also examine the ways in which digital technologies have changed how we view and interact with past cultures.

Summary 2020

Unit name History and Cultural Heritage
Unit code HTA380
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics

Associate Lecturer Imogen Wegman

Teaching staff

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes




25 pts at introductory level in any discipline in any Faculty

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HAU255, HAU355, HTA290, HTA390


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:
Weekly lecture (2 hours)
Weekly workshop (1 hour)

Off Campus:
2 hour recorded lectures will be cut into short videos with accompanying animated slides.
Online discussion group participation and activities.


A short interpretative exercise, 500 words (10%); an evaluation of an exhibition or site interpretation, 1500 words (30%); a proposal for a site interpretation scheme or a museum exhibition which includes an executive summary, a literature review summarizing relevant issues and a detailed design rationale, 3000 words (50%); participation (10%).

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