HERI5104 Intangible Heritage

Credit
6 points
Offering

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
This unit provides students with the technical and practical knowledge and understanding of what constitutes intangible cultural heritage through examination of the relevant literature, guidelines, conventions and specific case studies. Students explore how the relevant international conventions and operational guidelines can be applied or need to be developed. Students develop their ability to critically analyse and reflect on the core relationship between heritage and identity and the meaning and role of heritage in our society.

Heritage constitutes the core part of people's identity and what makes us who we are. To date, heritage conservation in much of the world has focused predominantly on built or tangible heritage. Recent recognition of cultural diversity has brought about a paradigm shift in the approach to heritage safeguarding. The significance of the non-physical element of heritage is now coming to be seen as fundamental to understanding the value of heritage and approach to heritage safeguarding. This involves recognition of the spirit, feeling, way of life and values of a community, not just bricks and mortar; it focuses attention on local identity and participation. The concept of intangible heritage has become important in the field of heritage studies and has become a key element in the development of international heritage frameworks.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the concept of intangible cultural heritage through seminar discussion and written assignments; (2) demonstrate an understanding of international conventions relevant to intangible cultural heritage through application in analysing particular case studies; (3) write clear proposals in relation to intangible cultural heritage projects; and (4) identify potential examples of intangible cultural heritage projects and develop relevant policy guidelines in relation to safeguarding them.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a literature review and project design of 1500 words; (2) a project of 3000 to 3500 words; and (3) lecture/seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Benjamin Smith and Professor Len Collard
Contact hours
4 hours per week
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