AIM709 - Intangible Cultural Heritage


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online, Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

4 x 2.5-hour lectures/practical experience (field trips) and 4 x 2-hour online seminars during the trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 4 scheduled online seminars.


*Community Based Delivery (CBD) is for National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation NIKERI Institute students only.


Consideration of the intangible dimensions of cultural heritage places, objects and practices is a rapidly emerging field, involving theoretical, conceptual and practical learning drawn from multiple disciplines and perspectives. 

This unit explores and questions the duality of ‘tangible’ and ‘intangible’ in international and local heritage scholarship and practice. Issues of cultural diversity, traditional knowledge, human rights and commodification are explored; and the tools of documentation, transmission and legal protection are critically examined, as well as the mechanisms and processes established by UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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