Fall 2016 - ARCH 286 D100

Cultural Heritage Stewardship in Global Context (4)

Class Number: 4621

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SWH 9152, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    John Welch
    Office: EDB 9617
    Office Hours: Tues, 8:15-10:15 by appt.
  • Prerequisites:

    30 units including one of ARCH 100, ARCH 201, GEOG 100 or REM 100.



Examines cultural heritage stewardship as applied and practiced throughout the world including review of national laws and international conventions that govern the managment of heritage resources. Explores stewardship as a fundamental professional ethic in archaeology and other heritage fields engaged in study, application, and management of sociocultural resources. Breadth-Humanities.


Examines cultural heritage management as the universal process by which people use places, objects and traditions from the past to educate, entertain, profit, promote change, maintain status quo, create identities, and build communities and nations. The course presents archaeology as one aspect of cultural heritage management and as an activity governed by national laws and international conventions for protecting and making appropriate use of heritage. Using case studies from Canada and abroad, the course explores stewardship as a fundamental professional ethic in archaeology and other fields engaged in studying, applying, and safeguarding personal, familial, communal, national, and transnational heritage.

  • Every person maintains a dynamic relationship with experienced and imparted pasts and makes decisions about what to adopt (or not) as meaningful and useful. 
  • Heritage is how humans enlist the past to negotiate values, meanings and identities at social and spatial scales ranging from intimate, personal and local to universal and global. 
  • Archaeology is one part of humanity’s quest to create meaning and utility out of shared legacies of traditions, objects and places.
  • Cultural heritage and campaigns to manage it are ubiquitous and freely available to richly illustrate and provide examples of CHM processes and products
  • Rapid expansion and diversification in heritage identification, interpretation, and management is creating demands for interdisciplinary expertise in Canada and globally.


  • Student Preparation and Participation 20%
  • Classroom Quizzes 40%
  • Real World Heritage Exercises 40%


Breadth: Humanities



Understanding Heritage in Practice, edited by Suzie West, Manchester, 2010. 
ISBN: 978-0-7190-8154-5

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.

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