LAWS6175 Heritage Governance: from Global to Local

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit examines the background to, and concept of, heritage governance as well as the legal mechanisms, at various levels, used in heritage conservation. It focuses on the major international treaties for the conservation of world heritage, underwater cultural heritage, movable heritage, intangible heritage and cultural expression. The translation of legal obligations into local and national practice is then examined through case studies used to illustrate the challenges to effective implementation in different national contexts.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a thorough understanding of heritage governance, including the various levels of governance, and the legal mechanisms utilised; (2) explain and critically assess the role of law in dealing with tangible, intangible, moveable, underwater and cultural heritage issues; (3) display a thorough knowledge of existing global laws to conserve heritage and the challenges involved in effectively implementing them; (4) identify the challenges faced by different countries in implementing appropriate heritage governance regimes and evaluate responses to those challenges; and (5) critically analyse legal frameworks and make creative recommendations for law reform and/or further research needed to address governance issues in heritage conservation.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class participation and presentation; (2) essay; and (3) research paper. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
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