- Code MUSC8017
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Museum and Collection
- Areas of interest Museums and Collections, Arts, Heritage Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2017
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This course introduces students to a wide range of cultural and collecting institutions and to the historical, political, institutional and cultural frameworks for contemporary museum practice in Australia and internationally. It also gives students the opportunity to gain a variety of hands-on experiences and skills required for working in the cultural and collecting sector. The first half of the course focuses on the social role of the museum. We investigate the idea of the museum as contested ground and examine the complex and shifting relationships between museums and the diverse communities they serve. The second half of the course is focused on interpretation and communication in the museum context. We explore how objects and collections acquire meaning and how those meanings are conveyed to museum visitors, ask why some objects become iconic, and debate the elements of a successful exhibition. In investigating various approaches to these questions, the course links key concepts in museum studies to specific case studies.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate ongoing engagement with the contemporary
cultural and collecting sector in Canberra, throughout Australia and overseas
through critical appraisal of actual and virtual sites, exhibitions, collecting
policies and audience engagement.
- Synthesise key concepts from Museum Studies, and
demonstrate effective communication and independent conceptual thinking
relevant to museum-focused research.
- Explain the varying purposes and structures of different
kinds of museums, understand their approaches toward representation, and
evaluate their changing relationships with the audiences and communities they
- Assess and report on the significance of heritage objects, collections or sites, and demonstrate critical conceptual and practical understanding in developing appropriate approaches to presentation and interpretation.
Review of exhibition 1000-1500 words (15%) (LO1,2)
Comparison of national/state museums 2000 words (20%) (LO 1,3)
Significance assessment 1000-1500 words (15%) (LO4)
Major essay 3000 words (50%) (LO1,2,3)
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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
Elaine Heumann Gurian (2006) Civilizing the Museum: the collected writings of Elaine Heumann Gurian. London: Routledge.
Bettina Messias Carbonell (ed) (2004) Museum Studies: An Anthology of Contexts. Malden MA: Blackwell Publishing.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3696||20 Feb 2017||27 Feb 2017||31 Mar 2017||26 May 2017||In Person||N/A|
|5018||20 Feb 2017||27 Feb 2017||31 Mar 2017||26 May 2017||Online||N/A|