HIST5504 History and Heritage

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
This vocationally oriented unit explores key issues faced by historians working in the heritage industry. Once considered simply as inherited property, heritage now embraces a wide range of traditions and cultures, monuments, buildings, landscapes and objects that have been passed down to us by previous generations, but carry meanings and values that we attach to them in the present. Through an engaged teaching program featuring methods workshops and off-campus trips the unit introduces students to the excitement, challenges and opportunities of working as an historian in the heritage industry.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the key methodological and theoretical issues underlying the concepts of heritage; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the key debates currently informing heritage practice in Australia and around the world; and (3) explain, critically assess and interpret key heritage principles relating to a specific historic place or places.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reflective journal/blog; (2) a project of 3000 to 3500 words; and (3) workshop particpation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Jane Lydon
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week (over 6 weeks from week 7)
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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