The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Introduces the field of heritage to postgraduate students in Australian Studies. Using paper-based, email supported distance teaching mode, this course will encourage students to engage with the heritage industry in a critical fashion. Heritage is the most popular form of history, but it is also a field which creates intense conflict between government authorities, property owners, community members and would-be developers. We will consider whose past is represented by heritage, and its costs and benefits. Drawing on the ideas of advocates and critics of heritage, students will mount their own case studies of Australian heritage and develop insights into the workings of the industry and its impact on Australian society.


Not currently offered.


This course will investigate:

  1. The parameters of heritage: Natural, Indigenous, European
  2. The international origins of the heritage movement
  3. Attitudes to the past in Australia
  4. The growth of local history, antiquarian and architectural associations
  5. Residents Action Groups and Green Bans
  6. Government intervention and cooption of heritage
  7. The institutionalisation of heritage
  8. Indigenous Peoples and the concept and operation of heritage
  9. Case studies of specific Australian heritage sites

Assumed knowledge

undergraduate program, preferably in the Humanities