Heritage Resources Management (HERM) 342

General Principles of Planning Historic Places (Revision 1)

HERM 322

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None

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

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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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.

Through a range of readings and assignments, this course explores 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.


Herm 342: General Principles of 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: On Commemoration, Or the Making of 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 Objectives

HERM 342: General Principles of Planning Historic Places introduces students to some of the basic issues and practices in historic places planning. After completing the course, you should be able to:

  • Analyze what makes a place historic and explain why its cultural context is important.
  • Define historic place management and explain the role heritage values play in historic place management.
  • Correctly use technical terminology employed in historic place management.
  • Identify and discuss the different levels of government involved in heritage resources management and the conservation of historic places.
  • Undertake a survey of sites of potential historic value for inclusion in an inventory.
  • Apply the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada and choose an appropriate course of action regarding the conservation of historic places.
  • Write a Statement of Significance.


To receive credit for HERM 342, you must complete four 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 Essay on Historic Places Assign. 2 Essay on Statements of Significance Assign. 3 Reviewing a Development Proposal Assign. 4 Developing an Abbreviated Plan Total
15% 15% 25% 45% 100%

There is no final exam.

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

Course Materials

Other Materials

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

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

Students are encouraged to browse 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, August 26, 2011