PKM266 Culture and Heritage (8)


Culture is a way of understanding and living in the world. Heritage is the environment, objects and places that we inherit from the past and pass on to future generations to use, learn from and be inspired by. Together these frame our understanding of the past and influence the decisions we make about what is worth keeping. In this subject students learn both the practical and theoretical skills of dealing appropriately with our heritage and the cultural sensitivies around them. The subject also provides the students with hands on experience in the identification, classification and recording of Aboriginal and historic sites and places. A residential school explores these issues through a range of practical activities, site visits and presentations by stakeholders (e.g. Indigenous Australians).

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Distance*Albury-Wodonga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PKM266
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Environmental Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Nil Prerequisites(s): Nil
Related subject(s)
PKM466 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have an broad understanding of the characteristics of people who have a relationship to heritage and what makes 'heritage'
  • have an broad understanding of how their discipline and or profession might impact on the culture and heritage of people from diverse backgrounds (For example. European, Ethnic, Indigenous backgrounds)
  • be able to exercise critical thinking and sound judgments in considering the philosophies and approaches to managing our heritage
  • be able to apply specific practical methods and procedures to assess, conserve, protect and manage heritage sites and cultural resources.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • identification and documentation of cultural resource;
  • identification of how sites are values by various stakeholders in the community (e.g. Indigenous Australians, Anglo-Europeans, ethnic groups)
  • the consideration of different cultural values in site management
  • apply on-the-ground management of cultural heritage using cultural resource management principles within legisative dictates.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 4 day residential school. The residential school focuses largely on the first two learning objectives of the subject. It introduces students to a range of practical activities critical to understanding the values and importance associated with cultural heritage. This includes learning how to consider standard site protocols regarding community engagement and how to include traditional custodians in the region as appropriate. It provides a unique opportunity to engage with local custodians or stakeholders of a site.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.