• Total units 24 Units
  • Specialisation code MUCO-SPEC
  • Academic career Postgraduate
Museums and Collections Specialisation

Our staff innovate and set agendas in museum studies and edit some of the leading journals in the field. We explore new areas in museum studies, such as social inclusion, museum learning, citizenship  and community engagement, intangible cultural heritage, social activism and museums, affect and empathy in the museum, multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism, Indigenous curation and collection, and innovative visitor studies. We also offer courses in traditional curatorship and collections management.

Our strong professional connections with major national collections and exhibition venues, as well as small and regional museums, are utilised in our active intern program, which will ensure you are at the cutting edge of museum theory and practice. We also have excellent links with major overseas institutions.

Career opportunities

A Museums and Collections specialisation is for both recent graduates and those in mid-career. It will also provide students with the background necessary to undertake high level research in this field.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyse, research, reflect on and synthesise complex approaches to museums and collecting agencies and their relationships to societies
  2. evaluate significant debates, problems, controversies, concepts and theories pertinent to museums and collections
  3. develop critical engagement with, and a working knowledge of museums and collecting agencies
  4. communicate cutting-edge knowledge and sophisticated ideas to general and specialists museum audiences.

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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

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

Code Title Units
MUSC8017 Museums and Collections: Key Concepts and Practices 6
HUMN8027 Critical issues in Heritage and Museum Studies 6

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

Code Title Units
ARTH6045 Curatorship Theory and Practice 12
ARTV8100 Points Of View 6
ARTV8107 Arguing Objects 6
HUMN8009 Biography and Society 6
HUMN8010 Material Culture Studies 6
MUSC8004 Internship 1 6
MUSC8005 Internship 2 6
MUSC8006 Indigenous Collections and Exhibitions 6
MUSC8008 Museums, Art and Society in the Asia-Pacific 6
MUSC8009 Museums and Collections: Research Project 6
MUSC8011 Museums and Collections: Extended Research Project 12
MUSC8012 Understanding Learning in Museums and Heritage 6
MUSC8013 Museum Education and Heritage Interpretation Study Tour 6
MUSC8015 Building Communities Through Learning 6
MUSC8016 Museum Learning: The Politics of Dress 6
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