Heritage Resources Management (HERM) 327

Heritage Policy in Canada (Revision 2)

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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: How Do We Know Who We Are? The Role of Cultural Policy
  • Unit 2: How Canada Invented Heritage
  • Unit 3: Heritage for the People? The Role of the Federal State

Part II: Heritage Where We Live: Communities and Conservation

  • Unit 4: Heritage on the Street—Cities, Towns, and Villages
  • Unit 5: Heritage in the Regions—Provinces and Territories
  • Unit 6: Sustainable Communities—Natural and Cultural Heritage

Part III: Who Cares for Heritage? Stakeholders and Institutions

  • Unit 7: The Museum—Public Forum or Treasure Vault?
  • Unit 8: Pages Turning—Aboriginal Heritage Policy
  • Unit 9: Digital Technologies—Shaping Knowledge and Access
  • Unit 10: Summary—Mapping a Twisted Road


To receive credit for HERM 327, you must complete all of the assignments and achieve a minimum composite course grade of D (50 percent).

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1: Readings Synthesis and Commentary 20%
Assignment 2: Advocacy Research and Brief 20%
Assignment 3: Readings Synthesis and Commentary 20%
Assignment 4, Part I: Research Essay Proposal 5%
Assignment 4, Part II: Research Essay 35%
Total 100%

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

Course Materials


The materials for this course are available entirely online through the HERM 327 main course page and Digital Reading Room (DRR).

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 2, March 21, 2017.

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