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New Heritage Resources Management Courses

The Heritage Resources Management Program, in collaboration with Alberta Culture and Tourism, has developed four new courses that will be offered in 2018. The new HERM courses are:

HERM 670 Industrial Heritage
HERM 671 Documentation and Condition Assessment
HERM 672 Heritage and Risk Management
HERM 673 Architectural Conservation

HERM 670 Industrial Heritage (Running in winter 2018 semester, next offering to be determined)

This course explores techniques for examining and understanding the processes and products of industrial plants in order to determine and establish their values and significance. It also explores ways to document and record significant aspects of industrial sites and employs case studies to analyze a series of approaches to industrial heritage site conservation and interpretation. The course also examines the issues surrounding industrial heritage through first-hand experience within the context of an industrial heritage site.

This online course makes students familiar with the principle characteristics of the industrial heritage and the array of tools and techniques used for its study, care and use. The practical application of techniques in the analysis and documentation of industrial sites is a fundamental aspect of industrial heritage education, and beside the online component of the course, participation in one-week in residence project forms a central part of the training.

HERM 671 Documentation and Condition Assessment (Scheduled for offering in spring/summer 2018)

This course will explore various techniques and technologies employed in the field of heritage conservation for recording and documenting historic resources. New ways of observing and thinking about the built environment through practical applications of documentation methods and fieldwork exercises will be exercised.

This course will examine the documentation methods to research, inspect, record, and assess the condition and quality of buildings, districts and cultural landscapes combined with the methods to interpret their historical and architectural significance according to professional standards. The course will also provide an overview of manual, photographic, and computer-aided extant recording techniques; and building repair assessment techniques.

This course is offered online and involves a one-week in residence component. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences working in groups on a historic site.

HERM 672 Heritage and Risk Management (Offered in fall 2017, next offered in fall 2018)

This course focuses on the measures and actions that cultural heritage professionals should undertake before, during, and after a disaster. It discusses cultural heritage in the context of disaster and complex emergency situations. The course also discusses how different types of disasters impact cultural heritage resources and how cultural values could be compromised during crises and disasters, through a series of case studies. Students learn about the ways to assess and evaluate different risks to cultural heritage in times of natural and man-made disasters and develop preparedness and preventive measures to reduce risks.

The course examines existing international, national, and local frameworks for the protection of cultural heritage. The course also explores how cultural heritage, as a target in disasters and armed conflict, can become a driver for resilience and potentially contribute to disaster risk reduction and disaster recovery. This course is offered online as a paced course.

HERM 673 Architectural Conservation (Scheduled for offering in fall 2018)

This course will provide an overview of history and theory of conservation movement including main theorists, historical and philosophical development, current charters, and conceptual frameworks at international, national, provincial and local levels. The course will explore a range of subjects and issues that affect contemporary heritage conservation practices. It will also discuss the relationships between architectural and environmental elements and their impacts on each other.

This course will offer an overview of technology and related strategies in the conservation of historic buildings including associated and topical technical issues in conservation (sustainability, management, maintenance). It will also discuss different concepts and key approaches currently used in built heritage conservation as well various techniques for intervention, including restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive re-use. This course will be offered online as a paced course.

Updated January 25 2018 by Student & Academic Services

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