Heritage Resources Management (HERM) 542

Issues in Planning Historic Places (Revision 1)


Delivery Mode: Grouped study Offered in September semester

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: HERM 342 (HERM 542 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for HERM 342. Also, students who complete HERM 542 will not be eligible to enroll in HERM 342.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Program: Graduate Diploma in Heritage Resources Management

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HERM 542: Issues in Planning Historic Places is a detailed examination of planning options and approaches for historic places. Students will gain advanced skills in managing and structuring planning efforts for a variety of types of circumstances; learn how to define appropriate use for buildings, landscapes, and other resources in terms of broader preservation, economic, social, and interpretative needs; and learn how the planning of historic places is shaped by broader cultural and economic contexts and the existing built environment.

Through a range of readings and assignments, this course studies these issues. Significant debates in the field and the purpose of historic place planning, methods of assessment, regulation, conservation and interpretation are all part of this exploration.

Course Outline

Herm 542: Issues in Planning Historic Places is made up of ten units, which are bundled into three parts:

Part I: History, Heritage, and Commemoration

  • Unit 1: Historic Places
  • Unit 2: On Commemoration, Or the Making of Historic Places

Part II: Planning Historic Places

  • Unit 3: Approaches to Planning Historic Places
  • Unit 4: Values-Based Management
  • Unit 5: Identifying and Evaluating Historic Places
  • Unit 6: Legislation and Protection Strategies
  • Unit 7: Conservation of Historic Places
  • Unit 8: Rehabilitating Historic Places: Conservation Meeting Urban Needs
  • Unit 9: Presenting Historic Places to the Public

Part III: Planning Cultural Landscapes

  • Unit 10: Cultural Landscapes

Course Evaluation

To receive credit for HERM 542, you must complete all assignments and achieve a course composite grade of at least 60%. The chart below summarizes the course activities and the credit weight associated with each assignment.

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Assignment 4 Assignment 5 Total
20% 10% 20% 15% 35% 100%

There is no final exam.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

The course includes both a print reading file and online materials:

Athabasca University Materials

Athabasca University. HERM 542 Reading File. Athabasca: 2011.

The course electronic materials are accessible online. The course home page includes the following

  • Study Guide
  • Student Manual
  • Course Information
  • Digital Reading Room

Students are encouraged to browse the Athabasca University’s library website to review its collection of journal databases, electronic journals, and digital reference tools.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, July 25, 2011

Updated May 03 2016 by Student & Academic Services