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SLE791 - Interpreting Natural and Cultural Landscapes

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: AIM723
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.


The unit begins with a discussion of natural and cultural heritage values as expressed in the terms ‘cultural landscapes’ and ‘Country’. Students consider different ways of knowing and understanding in the context of the conversation across knowledge systems.  The unit examines the idea of the Australian landscape as a cultural construction embodying complex human relationships connecting nature, human nature and the environment. The use of interpretation in the process of assessing heritage ‘Significance’ is examined with reference to current international and national practice. The unit continues with an examination of the theory and principles of heritage interpretation in conservation, and highlights the importance of linking the communication of meaning and significance to the special experiences and opportunities available for visitors to heritage sites.

The contemporary international discourse on interpreting cultural landscapes will be considered, as well as The Burra Charter.  Throughout this unit students are challenged to consider the potential of interpretative theory and technique in analysing and communicating heritage significance. The need for creative and innovative thinking in interpreting landscape and seascape heritage values to the wider public is emphasised.


Essay 25%, assessment of significance 40%, critical analysis of the interpretation offered by heritage site 35%.  To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit students must achieve at least 50% for the Statement of Significance.

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