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This unit will challenge your perceptions of how heritage is manufactured. You will explore, analyse, and debate local and national issues within a global frame. Through critically reflecting on how heritage is ‘made’ by historians, archaeologists, Indigenous peoples, museums, politicians, and monument builders, you will acquire an advanced understanding of the contested nature of this field. The unit will challenge you to convey the complexities of the past to diverse audiences in compelling ways. By taking you on virtual tours of heritage interpretations we will examine the ways in which digital technologies have changed how we view and interact with past cultures.

Summary 2021

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 Professor Kristyn Harman

Teaching staff

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



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse and critique the formation and nature of cultural heritage.
  2. Communicate persuasively using evidence-based argumentation.
  3. Apply critical thinking skills to evaluate the local and global forces that shape cultural heritage.
  4. Apply cultural heritage skills to appraise the interpretation of heritage objects and sites.




Mutual Exclusions

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Teaching Pattern

On Campus:
Weekly lecture (30 minutes)
Weekly seminar (2 hours)

Off Campus:
Weekly lecture (30 minutes)
Online class (2 hours/weekly)


Task 1: A short interpretive exercise, 500 words (15%)

Task 2: An evaluation of an exhibition or site interpretation, 1500 words (35%)

Task 3: A detailed proposal for a cultural heritage interpretation, 2500 words (50%)

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