• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Museum and Collection
  • Areas of interest Art History, History, Museums and Collections, Arts, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Blended

This graduate reading course will take the form of public lectures, online student papers and discussion with a three day intensive in the final weeks of the course. The fortnightly recorded public seminar will be held in conjunction with the National cultural and collecting institutions. Each seminar will be followed by an online discussion in which at least one student will lead  a session. The intensive will consist of writing workshops which will cover the variety of writing styles (including online, short and longer conference papers) required by various media as well as 10 minute presentations by each student on a topic that inspired students throughout the semester.  Each offering of the course will focus on a set theme, responding to current contemporary issues that arise in the heritage and museum sector.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to specialist issues discussed in the course.
  2. Write critically about current research and developments presented in seminars.   
  3. Communicate with clarity of expression through oral presentations

Indicative Assessment

Seminar paper (1000 words) and presentation (10 minutes) (20%) (LO1,2, 3)
Essay 3000 words (50%) (LO1,2,3,)
Two online responses to public seminars of 1000 words each (15% each - total of 30%) (LO1,2,3)

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact: 12 hours of seminars, 6 hours of online tutorials, and 18 hours of workshops delivered intensively over 3 days; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in or have completed MUSC8017, HUMN8027 or ARCH8104, or with permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

Readings will be posted on course Wattle site.

Assumed Knowledge

Key issues in contemporary museums and heritage practices.



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
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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