Heritage Resources Management (HERM) 327

Heritage Policy in Canada (Revision 1)

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Revision 1 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Heritage is central to Canadian cultural policy and is an important aspect of Canadian social, political, and economic life. Heritage Resources Management 327: Heritage Policy in Canada surveys the historical development of federal and provincial arts and heritage policies in Canada and related ideas of national and regional culture. It uses this framework to discuss perceptions of “culture” as social expression and the role of government policy in a diverse society.


Part I: Building Heritage: The Policy Framework

  • Unit 1: Introduction: Inventing Heritage
  • Unit 2: How Canada Made History
  • Unit 3: Heritage for the People? The Role of the State
  • Unit 4: Does Heritage Pay?

Part II: Heritage Where We Live: Communities and Conservation

  • Unit 5: Heritage in the Regions: Provinces and Territories
  • Unit 6: Heritage on the Street: Cities, Towns, and Villages
  • Unit 7: Sustainable Communities: Natural and Cultural Heritage

Part III: Heritage Stakeholders: Citizens, Audiences, and Workforce

  • Unit 8: Social Pluralism, Cultural Politics, and Heritage
  • Unit 9: Backstage Heritage: Staff, Volunteers, and Activists
  • Unit 10: The Museum: Public Forum or Treasure Vault?
  • Unit 11: Digital Technologies: Shaping Knowledge and Access
  • Unit 12: Thinking It Over: Review, Summary, and References


To receive credit for HERM 327, you must complete all of the assignments and achieve a minimum composite course grade of “D” (50 percent). The chart below summarizes the course activities and the credit weight associated with each assignment.

Assign.1 Report Assign. 2 Position Paper Assign. 3 Study Exercises Assign. 4 Research Paper Total
25% 25% 10% 40% 100%

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

Course Materials


There is no textbook for this course.

Other Materials

The course materials include a study guide, student manual, and a reading file.

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, October 30, 2007.