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Unit Overview


This unit provides the theoretical underpinnings of the Heritage Studies degrees. The unit is co-taught by the Schools of Social Sciences, Humanities and Indigenous Studies. It is a highly recommended unit for all those interested in Heritage Studies. The unit considers the history of heritage studies. It provides the opportunity to engage critically with contemporary heritage debates, especially with non-Western critiques of early heritage writings. Students discuss questions around the definition of heritage and how people from a broad spectrum of disciplinary backgrounds, both in Australia and other parts of the world, theorise and work with heritage. In doing so, all those taking this unit should be able to articulate the relevance and applicability of existing heritage literature for their own specialist area of interest.

6 points

Students are able to (1) know and evaluate past and present definitions of the term heritage; (2) describe and cite a wide range of formative Australian and international scholarship on heritage theory; and (3) critically assess the intellectual trajectories of major debates in heritage studies.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a research project; (2) a take-home examination; and (3) class participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ky Gentry
Contact hours
4 hours per week (over 6 weeks from week 1)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.