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AIM714 - Cultural Landscapes

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Kristal 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.


This unit will familiarise students with the concept of cultural landscapes which is a key framework for heritage assessment and management. The unit will develop student skills in identifying a cultural landscape, their heritage features, assessing their cultural significance and building management plans that reconcile and conserve the diverse heritage values found in cultural landscapes. The unit will also provide students with a sound theoretical understanding of the history of the concept of a cultural landscape and how this informs current approaches to identifying and recording cultural and natural values. Through a series of case studies from Australia and the Asia Pacific region, students will gain an understanding of culturally diverse approaches to managing landscapes and the ways in which socio-cultural issues affect their conservation.

Module 1:

  • What is a cultural landscape?

  • Introduction

  • The concept of landscape

  • Issues in identifying heritage values in a landscape
Module 2:
  • From the site to the landscape

  • Interpreting sites in landscapes

  • Reconciling cultural and natural values

  • Diverse heritage values in landscapes
Module 3:
  • Thematic approaches to cultural landscapes

  • Rural and agricultural landscapes

  • Industrial landscapes

  • Pre-colonial and colonial landscapes


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

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