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

December 02, 2020

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 670 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 670: Industrial Heritage: 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. HERM 670 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 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 670 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 page or contact our office.

Updated December 02 2020 by Student & Academic Services

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