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SLE795 - New Media and the Environment

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Trimester 3: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:


Unit chair:

Suzanne Nunn





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

CBD: Students are required to attend 3 x 1 week intensive seminars per trimester via community-based delivery (and/or supported by face-to-face intensive study blocks).


Enrolment in this unit is handled by the Institute of Koorie Education.


This unit begins by considering the role and relationship of interpretation in communicating the values and significance of a heritage site and its conservation management. This is followed by discussing the ideas, principles, strategies and stages of interpretive planning, and then examining the range of communications and techniques available to the heritage interpreter. These include face-to-face presentations such as talks, demonstrations and tour guiding, as well as interpretation based on the written word, such as signs and brochures. We also consider the role and design of websites and online information, audiovisuals, interactives and the visual and performance arts. The process of interpretation planning for a heritage place is examined, including assessment of significance, the visitor experience, concept development and design. Throughout the whole process students are reminded of the importance of constant evaluation and reflection. Issues of the control and representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage are considered in relation to community cultural protocols.


Plan of interpretation 20%, design of an interpretive device 40%, presentation of a guided tour 40%

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