PKM466 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 sensitives 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).

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Environmental Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Students who have completed PKM266 cannot enrol in this subject

Subject Relationships

PKM266 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have an broad understanding of the contemporary characteristics of people who have a relationship to heritage and what makes 'heritage'
  • have an broad understanding 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.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • identification and assessment of the resource;
  • identification of how sites are valued
  • the consideration of different values in site management
  • apply on-the-ground management of cultural heritage using cultural resource management principles within legalistive dictates.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PKM466 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Essay: manifestations of cultural heritage
Wiki: identify & describe five cultural resources
Wiki: describe the cultural and historic context
Essay: cultural heritage values
Wiki: value and significance of chosen site/object
wiki: legal and administrative management regime

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory 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 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.