The University of Western Australia's newest degree, the Master of Heritage Studies was launched today by the Hon Albert Jacob, Minister for Environment; Heritage.
The two-year course is the first of its kind in Australia, offering a choice of specialisation between Indigenous and international heritage, covering heritage management issues such as conservation, economic development, cultural sustainability, planning and design, representation and ethics.
Commencing in 2015, the postgraduate degree will enable careers in any fields that intersect with heritage, whether it be working with and representing Indigenous communities, in national parks and conservation reserves, government, industry, non-government organisations, international agencies, museums and cultural centres.
"The course will promote Australia and Western Australia as a world-class living heritage training centre. Heritage degrees that support Indigenous self-determination, Closing the Gap initiatives and substantive Indigenous employment and knowledge sharing programs are essential to Australia's genuine cultural heritage conservation and management," comments UWA's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson.
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ABOUT THE DEGREE:
- Cross-disciplinary: faculties teaching into the course include the School of Indigenous Studies and Faculties of Arts, Law, and Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts.
- Features some of the world's top heritage teachers and researchers, including Winthrop Professor Jenny Gregory, Winthrop Professor Benjamin Smith, Professor Len Collard, Professor Jane Lydon, Associate Professor Shino Konishi, Associate Professor Grant Revell and Dr JD Hill of the British Museum.
- Contains an exchange program with Zhejiang University, one of China's leading universities.
- Provides professional work placement in Perth and across the nation, or at a selection of heritage institutions in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Hangzhou, China.
- Should they wish to do so, students may exit the Masters early - with a Graduate Certificate (6 months' full time study) or Graduate Diploma (12 months' full time study).
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