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AIM708 - World Heritage and International Heritage Practice

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:K Buckley




Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.

Campus: Students are required to attend a 2 day a week intensive for 3 weeks.


The unit will familiarise students with the strengths and weaknesses in the philosophy, system and processes of World Heritage listing. It will identify key contemporary issues relating to World Heritage listing, including the divergence in heritage approaches between different world regions, the Eurocentric imbalance in the current list, the intense tourism pressures on World Heritage sites and the need for more effective monitoring mechanisms. The unit will develop student skills in identifying system deficits and in outlining the parameters for more effective cultural tourism management on World Heritage sites.

Module 1: World Heritage: Convention and System

  • The World Heritage Convention 1972
  • Related Conventions
  • World Heritage Listing: Understanding the Process
  • Outstanding Universal Value and the use of World Heritage Criteria
  • Reactive Monitoring,Periodic Reporting and the List of World Heritage in Danger
  • Kakadu: A Case Study

Module 2: Venice, Burra, Nara: International Comparisons

  • Changing Concepts and Practice over Time and Place
  • The Venice Charter: Universal or European Solution?
  • The Burra Charter: Reflecting the Australian Context
  • The Nara Document on Authenticity: Globalisation and Cultural Diversity
  • Other Asian Responses: China Principles and Hoi An Protocols
  • Hue: A Case study

Module 3: World Heritage: Contentious Issues

  • World Heritage Sites: The Pinnacle of World Heritage Significance and Interest
  • The Global Strategy: Is It Working?
  • Use and Over-Use: Policy and Planning Dilemmas
  • World Heritage Sites: Exemplars or Problems of Tourism Development and Management?
  • The Future of the Convention & Points of Tension
  • The Royal Exhibition Building: A Case Study


Two assignments totalling 4500 words, 50% and 40%; and on-line class participation, 10% (3 posts totalling 500 words).

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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