• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Museum and Collection

This course provides an intensive overview of the educational approaches found in Australian museums and heritage sites through an experiential learning approach. In general, the course will be run as a five-day intensive in Canberra, and will consist of visits to at least seven cultural institutions and heritage sites, with discussion and learning activities led by each institution’s education and public programs staff (in consultation with ANU staff). Through action learning opportunities, students will be guided into developing analytical, synthetic and evaluative skills that allow them to observe, assess and compare audience-centred learning in a diversity of museum/heritage exhibitions and programs. (Students unable to visit Canberra during the main intensive may request an alternative opportunity to investigate authentic situations with museum/heritage professionals in either a self-paced mode in Canberra or in another mutually acceptable location.)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students who fully satisfy the assessment requirements of this course will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Observe, report and reflect on teaching and learning practices observed in a range of national cultural and collecting institutions and sites.
  • Demonstrate conceptual engagement with the diversity of audience-centred approaches to learning settings in museum/heritage contexts
  • Engage in discussion with specialists in the field, and reflect on educational perspectives and the different types of learning that are employed by diverse cultural and heritage institutions with a view to developing new learning activities for use in such settings.

Indicative Assessment

In keeping with the flexible learning and professional development context of this program, assessment tasks will be tailored to suit individual students’ needs and interests. In general, however, assessment is expected to include:

  • Contributions to pre- and post-intensive online discussions (15%; 800-1000 words)
  • Learning journal to demonstrate reflective practice in engaging with observed programs/exhibitions (35%; 1000 words).
  • Reports of observational exercises in authentic settings (25%; 1500 words, or equivalent as digital presentation)
  • Written or digital presentation demonstrating a creative response to a learning opportunity at one of the institutions visited (25%; 2000-2500 words, or 5-8 minutes finished product)

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Students are expected to spend approximately 120 hours on this course, attending the on-campus intensive, working through self-paced pre- and post-intensive modules, contributing to online discussions and completing the assessment tasks.

Prescribed Texts

Hooper-Greenhill, Eilean. (2007) Museums and education: purpose, pedagogy, performance. Routledge, Oxon & New York.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6692 29 Aug 2016 09 Sep 2016 09 Sep 2016 16 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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