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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to policy, practice and issues regarding heritage in Asia. It also addresses the relationship between 'heritage' and its impact in national development. Students examine case studies of heritage conservation projects in a number of selected countries to explore how heritage conservation policy and practice interacts with current issues such as political change, economic development, urbanisation, migration and globalisation in specific cultural and political contexts. In examining the practice of heritage conservation in real contemporary contexts, students develop a robust understanding of the significance of heritage, as an issue for policy makers at a national and regional governmental level, and as a challenge faced by heritage practitioners and stakeholders in times of rapid change.

More broadly, the unit examines how 'heritage' has become an important element in political, economic, social as well as cultural development in Asia. Recognition of cultural diversity has brought about a paradigm shift in the approach to heritage safeguarding which has brought about a gradual convergence of Eastern and Western traditions in heritage practice. Students develop a better understanding of the nature, theory and practice of heritage in Asia as well as a critical awareness of issues related to national identity and heritage, and the meaning and role of heritage in their own context.

6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of, and sensitivity towards, different cultural environments and national philosophies; (2) clearly articulate the significance of the role of heritage in selected Asian contexts through seminar discussion and preparation of a research project; and (3) develop a critical awareness of issues related to national identity and heritage, meaning and the role of heritage.


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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Joanna Elfving-Hwang and Associate Professor Stephen Dobbs
Unit rules
Approved quota: 100—academic merit
Contact hours
4 hours per week for 6 weeks
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