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Athabasca University

Winter Semester Graduate Classes Open for Registration

November 23, 2018

HERM 501, Issues in Heritage Resources Management, introduces key concepts, definitions and issues in the heritage field. It outlines the various stakeholders, agencies and institutions active in the field and their obligations as holders of a public trust to conserve, preserve and interpret tangible and intangible heritage. To encourage critical thinking about the nature of heritage resource management, the course offers an understanding of central issues, such as those relating to ethics; approaches to measuring and defining significance in heritage preservation; representation and repatriation, using heritage for economic gain through tourism, conservation, and exhibiting and interpreting heritage resources to the public.

HERM 561, Advanced Issues in Interpretive Planning, deals with the application of informal and formal learning strategies and methods of assessing audience needs for planning and implementing interpretive programs. Specific attention is paid through case studies and practical experience to the use of exhibits and first and third person interpretation as elements in interpretive programming.

HERM 670, Industrial Heritage, 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 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, based in St. Alberta, Alberta, forms a central part of the training. Note that for Alberta students, there may be funding available to assist with travel costs related to the on-site residency program.

For detailed information on these three courses, and links to their syllabi, please see the master list of courses here

Classes start January 7th and run until April 19th. To register in HERM 501 and 542, log in through the student portal at myAU

To register in HERM 670, please contact the Heritage Resources Management program office at

Online registrations are open until December 8th.

Updated November 23 2018 by Student & Academic Services

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