Principles of Heritage and Conservation

Subject ABPL90282 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 02-Mar-2015
Teaching Period 16-Mar-2015 to 27-Mar-2015
Assessment Period End 10-Apr-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Mar-2015
Census Date 20-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 27-Mar-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Seminars and field work equivalent to 2 hours of lecture and 1 hour of tutorial per week (total 48 hours).
Total Time Commitment:

170 Hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Kate Darian-Smith


Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject will give students an overview of issues, ideas and practices that characterise the heritage and conservation field, especially as they pertain to the conservation of buildings and landscapes. Students will explore the differences between conservation, restoration and reconstruction; the function of conservation protocols such as The Venice Charter, Burra Charter and Hoi Ann Protocols; the role of heritage studies, statements of significance and statutory lists; the importance of advocacy and activism; the employment conservation management plans; and the growth of world heritage as an idea. The subject will also highlight areas of practice that challenge traditional approaches and knowledge such as Aboriginal heritage and the conservation of modernism.

Note: This subject includes a pre-teaching period. During the pre-teaching period students are expected to complete the course readings, review the lectures and any other course preparation as outlined on the LMS. The LMS will become available at the commencement of the pre-teaching dates. Pre teaching starts on 02/03/2015

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding the historical development and central principles associated with the field of heritage and conservation
  • identify the range of skills that are required by heritage and conservation practitioners and recognised by the international, professional and government bodies connected to the field
  • understand the key controversies and theories that have shaped the practices and problems in the heritage and conservation field
  • Tutorial Exercises totalling 1500 words - 30%
  • Research Proposal 500 words - 10%; due early semester
  • Research Paper 3,000 words - 60%; due end of semester
Prescribed Texts:

Readings to be posted to the LMS.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

The analysis of cultural significance.

Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Urban and Cultural Heritage
Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Master of Urban and Cultural Heritage
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 200 point Master of Architecture
300 point Master of Architecture
Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects

Download PDF version.