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A key principal of Australian and international heritage and conservation practice is the values-based approach, which has the potential to recognise the diversity of cultural and social values of historic environments and places.

This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for a range of professionals – including urban planning, construction, asset management and architecture – seeking a strong grounding in this leading heritage approach through Australia's Burra Charter.

Due to its industry alignment, the course may be recognised as continuing professional development (CPD) by a number of bodies.

Explore the role of the values-based approach

Understand the role and function of the values-based approach to heritage management and, in particular, how it is used to assess cultural significance, especially within Australia. Explore how this approach can recognise diverse values embodied in heritage environments and places.

Understand the Burra Charter and related tools

Explore the Burra Charter (the Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance) – a key document in Australian heritage – as well as international charters and related tools for values-based heritage management. Consider the relationship between the Burra Charter and aesthetic, historic, social, scientific and spiritual values as well as local, state, national and international heritage schemes.

Apply the Burra Charter to a heritage place

Drawing on your new knowledge, you'll identify and assess the cultural significance of a chosen heritage place. Using the Burra Charter and its values-based approach, you'll interrogate the diverse cultural heritage values within the place.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Dr James Lesh

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

James is a researcher in urban and cultural heritage and a specialist in the application of values-based conservation. His most recent project focused on Federation Square in Melbourne.

More from this series

Take multiple courses to deepen your knowledge or stack towards a full degree.

The Urban and Cultural Heritage series

This series is delivered by the Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage, drawing upon the Centre's world-leading research, teaching and industry expertise. It is designed to provide a rich understanding of applied heritage management and urban and architectural conservation, and an opportunity to learn within a multidisciplinary cohort of engaged professionals. The series provides a pathway into the Master of Urban and Cultural Heritage. See course details for more information.

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For individuals

To take Introduction to Values-Based Heritage as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$1489.99 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Introduction to Values-Based Heritage, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.

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