Faculty of Arts


Global Heritage Management


Globally, archaeological features and historic monuments are increasingly threatened by urban development, looting, antiquities trafficking and effects of climate change. Using an archaeological perspective, we examine state-of-the-art recording technologies, community partnerships, legislation, management systems and the role of museums in conservation and exhibition. Case studies from Aotearoa, Pacific and elsewhere illustrate major issues, contradictions and controversies, alongside effective heritage management. Each week we will examine one local and one international case study.

Throughout the semester we ask five major questions: Why does the past matter? What constitutes heritage? Who owns the past? How should heritage be presented? How can heritage be managed?

A student who successfully completes this course will have the opportunity to:

  • Acquire knowledge of local and global archaeological heritage issues and apply it to a variety of industry settings
  • Acquire knowledge of heritage legislation in New Zealand in comparison to global examples
  • Understand and carry out critical evaluation of archaeological heritage issues in academic and public spheres
  • Acquire skills in writing, critical thinking, and academic literacy



Coursework + exam

Availability 2021

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Rebecca Phillipps


Recommended Reading


Coursework and exam


ANTHRO 252: 15.0 points


ANTHRO 100 or 101 or 102 or 103 or 104 or 60 points passed



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