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Winter Semester Graduate HERM Classes open for registration, Deadline Dec. 8th

November 07, 2019

Athabasca University’s winter semester graduate classes are now open for general registration to all students and prospective students holding an undergraduate degree. Upcoming classes include HERM 501, HERM 561 and HERM 673 in paced form, and HERM 512 in unpaced continuous enrolment format. Details are as follows:

HERM 501: Issues in Heritage Resources Management: This course 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 Programming: This course 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 673: Architectural Conservation: 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. Students 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, and 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.

HERM 512: Advanced Methods in Heritage Research: This course provides advanced skills in applying heritage resource management research methodologies through readings, discussion and applied projects. Students concentrate on archival and library research, oral history research, and research using material culture. Students gain analytical and practical skills in using these types of sources as part of developing and applying a research strategy. Formal skills in writing, planning, structuring, and referencing written reports will be dealt with throughout the course.

Note that the registration deadline for HERM 501, 561, and 673 is on December 8th and classes start January 6th. HERM 512 is open for continuous enrollment and may be started any month throughout the year. For further details, please see our graduate program website or contact our office.

Updated November 07 2019 by Student & Academic Services

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