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Athabasca University

Undergraduate Certificate Courses

Undergraduate Certificate students must complete all of the HRM Certificate courses including the Practicum. This totals 30 credits (8 courses worth 3 credits each plus a 6 credit Practicum). The Practicum requires 240-hours of work. All courses are offered in distance format with tutor support.

Core Courses

This course introduces key concepts, definitions and issues in the heritage field, such as collections, conservation, management, planning, and interpretive programming. By studying tangible and intangible heritage resources, the course offers an understanding of central issues, such as approaches to heritage practice, ethical dimensions of heritage activities, the notion of heritage as public trust, different meanings and approaches to measuring and defining significance in heritage preservation, and the stakeholders, agencies and institutions active in the field. (Open for enrollment)

PLEASE NOTE: Students who enroll in HERM 301 are precluded from enrolling in HERM 501. Students interested in taking our Post-Baccalaureate Diploma Program should NOT take this course.

Syllabus: HERM 301 syllabus
HERM 312 Heritage Research 3 credits

This course introduces the research tools and methods commonly found in the heritage field. Building on a discussion about why research is needed and how it is used in heritage resource management, the course addresses various methodologies and common sources of evidence used in the heritage field such as oral sources, artefacts, buildings, cultural landscapes, and various text-based sources. Formal skills in writing, planning, structuring, and referencing written reports are stressed throughout the course. (Open for enrollment)

PLEASE NOTE: Students who enroll in HERM 312 are precluded from enrolling in HERM 512. Students interested in taking our Post-Baccalaureate Diploma Program should NOT take this course.

Syllabus: HERM 312 syllabus
HERM 322 Heritage Collections 3 credits

Heritage collections are significant in defining, preserving and interpreting cultural heritage and often gain meaning through intangible aspects of heritage. This course explores the nature of collecting and its social, intellectual, and institutional meaning. It also introduces types of collections and their management and handling as practiced in archives, museums, and heritage sites and the ways these different types of collections shape institutional mandates and functions. The importance of digital media for the future of collecting and for disseminating knowledge about objects is also studied. (Open for enrollment)

Syllabus: HERM 322 syllabus
HERM 327 Heritage Policy in Canada 3 credits

Heritage is an important part of Canadian cultural policy and of Canadian social, political and economic life. Students learn about government's role in heritage through policy and funding initiatives, and the jurisdictional issues that sharpen the expression of national, regional and provincial identity. Particular focus is given to policies designed to preserve historic places, landscapes and built environments, and for the operation of museums, archives, and similar facilities. The course provides students with an understanding of heritage policy within the wider context of state cultural policy. (Open for enrollment)

Syllabus: HERM 327 syllabus
HERM 339 Conservation 3 credits

This course focuses on preventive conservation through a risk assessment model. In this approach, common causes of deterioration of heritage objects are identified and the actions required to minimize these threats are outlined. Basic philosophies and approaches to preventive conservation are studied through an evaluation of conservation techniques and theories. Case studies of preventive conservation of materials commonly found in heritage institutions are used to illustrate principles of preventive conservation. (Open for enrollment)

Syllabus: HERM 339 syllabus

This course explores how heritage buildings, structures, sites, and landscapes are defined, planned and managed as historic places. How a historic place is evaluated and why it is defined as meaningful, how it is planned as part of broader patterns of development, and how it is protected or allowed to be modified over time, are all basic challenges in planning and managing historic places. These challenges can be met by applying concepts, steps, and procedures that make definition, planning and conservation of historic places a coherent, intellectually defensible, and rational undertaking. (Open for enrollment)

Syllabus: HERM 342 syllabus
HERM 361 Interpretive Programming 3 credits

Based on a discussion about learning styles, techniques such as first-person and third-person interpretation, exhibitions, and other forms of interpretive programming are studied in this course as part of the educational and community services offered by heritage institutions. Attention is also paid to the ways that educational services are provided through internet virtual museums and web sites. (Open for enrollment)

PLEASE NOTE: Students who enroll in HERM 361 are precluded from enrolling in HERM 561. Students interested in taking our Post-Baccalaureate Diploma Program should NOT take this course.

Syllabus: HERM 361 syllabus

This course deals with the ways that ethical issues shape heritage practice. These issues are approached through an understanding of moral reasoning, and of the various codes of practice that have been accepted as framing heritage practice. The course studies these issues in terms of specific issues about appropriation, ownership of heritage, censorship, and the exercise of public trust. (Open for enrollment)

Syllabus: HERM 334 syllabus

Project Courses

HERM 491 Heritage Certificate Practicum 6 credits

The practicum requires the completion of a 240-hour project. It is the capstone for the Undergraduate Certificate program and is undertaken by students who have completed or are concurrently taking all of the required Certificate courses. Students link the knowledge gained from these courses with their experiences in a particular heritage setting. Students identify in advance a practicum project and a suitable on-site practicum supervisor. The Professor, Heritage Resources Management, acts as the course professor for the practicum. Formal guidelines provide detailed guidance and set out the procedures for the successful completion of the practicum project. (Open for enrollment)

Syllabus: HERM 491 syllabus

Updated August 13 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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