• Total units 24 Units
  • Minor code HAMS-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Heritage and Museum Studies Minor

The Heritage and Museum Studies minor at ANU draws together two interrelated areas of study- heritage and museums. These fields of study recognise that heritage finds expression not only in material culture, but also in intangible cultural events and performances, and that heritage is intimately linked to expressions of identity, sense of place and the processes of remembering, forgetting and commemoration. This program endeavours to expand understanding about the purposes for which heritage and museums have been employed by stakeholder and audience groups ranging from local communities or agencies, to state and national governments, and international policy frameworks. It develops an integrated understanding of the way heritage is managed and exhibited with critical explorations of the cultural and political work that heritage does in society. The minor will be particularly relevant to students in archaeology, anthropology, history, fine arts, environmental sciences and related disciplines and who may wish to consider a career in the heritage and museum sectors. The minor examines not only conceptual and theoretical issues that have impact onheritage and museum policy and practice, but also provides some exposure to practical management and curatorial issues.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this minor, students will be able to:

  • Describe the historical, political, institutional and cultural frameworks for contemporary heritage and museum practice in Australia and internationally.
  • Analyse current industry standards, protocols, policy frameworks, and funding regimes for professional practice and academic research in the fields of heritage and museums.
  • Analyse and critique the concept of ‘heritage’ and the interdisciplinary debates that contribute to the theorisation of heritage as field of enquiry and as an area of public policy.
  • Comment on the different manifestations of heritage and the different means of socially constructing heritage and heritage/museum practice;
  • Identify and analyse the different disciplinary traditions and their contribution to aspects of heritage/museum theory and practice.
  • Identify the disciplinary traditions that relate to heritage and museum studies and be able to use interdisciplinary thinking to solve problems.
  • Apply appropriate written and verbal expression to a variety of relevant industry and academic purposes in heritage and museums.
  • Identify, understand and comment on thekey elements of heritage practice as they relate to the federated Australian political system and to international and intergovernmental systems of heritage practice such as established by UNESCO, ICOMOS, ICROM and the Council of Europe.
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This minor requires the completion of 24 Units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
HUMN2051 Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management 6
HUMN2000 Introduction to Heritage and Museum Studies 6

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANTH2009 Culture and Development 6
ANTH2056 Belonging, Identity and Nationalism 6
ARCH2004 Australian Archaeology 6
ARCH2130 World Rock Art 6
ARCH3021 Archaeological Field Methods 6
GEND2021 Trauma, Memory and Culture 6
GEND2032 Multiculturalism in Australia through Food and Sport 6
  HIST 2225: Environmental History
HIST1208 Women and Men in Australian History 6
ARTH2045 Curatorship Theory and Practice 6
ARTH2057 Art and Politics of Collecting 6
SOCY3022 Identity, Difference and Ethnicity 6
POLS2075 Globalism and the Politics of Identity 6
ENVS3028 Environmental Policy 6
ENVS3033 International Environmental Policy 6
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