This course will introduce and examine the principles underlying the practices of cultural heritage and museum management. It introduces students to the historical, political, institutional and cultural frameworks for contemporary heritage and museum practice in Australia and internationally. The first half of the course focuses on heritage practices, the second on understanding the frameworks regulating museum practices. Topics covered by the course will include the identification of the range and nature of cultural heritage in Australia, an examination of the history of museum development and collecting practices, the basic policy and legislative frameworks (Federal and State) governing the protection of cultural heritage; the principles and processes of heritage conservation planning; the role of archaeology and other areas of expertise in heritage conservation, curation and planning, the practices of documenting heritage values. The course will also consider the ethical issues that underpin heritage and museum conservation and interpretation.
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the historical, political, institutional and cultural frameworks for contemporary heritage and museum practice in Australia and internationally;
- identify heritage and museum policies and legal frameworks relevant to the practice of heritage and museum management;
- identify and analyse the principles of conservation and management;
- analyse a range of ethical and political issues that underpin heritage and museum management.
Indicative AssessmentStudent led discussion/tutorial participation 10% (variously tests all learning outcomes)
Tutorial paper 1,000 20% (variously tests all learning outcomes)
Minor essay 1,500 25% (tests learning outcomes 1 and 2)
Major essay 2,500 45% (tests learning outcomes 3 and 4)
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsPearson, M. and S. Sullivan, Looking After Heritage Places. The Basics of Heritage Planning for Managers, Landowners and Administrators, Melbourne University Press, 1995.
Assumed KnowledgeThis course does not assume any prior knowledge with heritage and museum studies.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 1
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|3634||20 Feb 2017||27 Feb 2017||31 Mar 2017||26 May 2017||In Person|