• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Museum and Collection
  • Areas of interest Art History, Non Language Asian Studies, Cultural Studies, Museums and Collections
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

Museums have played and will continue to play a vital role in interpreting culture in the face of dynamic changes taking place in the region at a social, economic and geopolitical level. This course will look at museums collecting and exhibiting both historical art and contemporary art and at contexts for contemporary cultural production.  Exhibitions, collection development, management/governance, and public and community programs as well as new directions such as the use of new technology and new media will be discussed. We will pay special attention to multi-ethnic societies and to the representation of the art of Indigenous and minority cultures in museums. The course will also examine the role of contemporary artists in cultural revival and survival including Indigenous cultures in the Pacific and issues of social justice and human rights. The course will examine the vigorous movements linking contemporary art to social change.

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. Communicate concepts for a variety of relevant academic and professional purposes;
  2. Apply theoretical ideas to case studies developed from personal observation and research;
  3. Conduct data-collection and analysis for humanities research and museum work; and
  4. Write a research project that analyses art and museums in the Asia-Pacific region using an effective argument.

Other Information

This course is available both as a face-to-face course for students based in Canberra and also as a fully online course for external students. The online course materials will be available through http://wattlecourses.anu.edu.au/. Please contact the course convenor in advance if you intend to take this course in online mode.

Indicative Assessment

Participation in class discussions and short oral in-class presentation (10%) [Learning Outcome 1]
Short written assignment, 1500 words (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]
Major research case study, 3500 words (60%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

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130 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 workshop and workshop-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
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