- Code HUMN6051
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Humanities
- Areas of interest Archaeology, History, Heritage Studies
This course will introduce and examine the principles underlying the practices of cultural heritage and museum management. It introduces students to the historical, political, institutional and cultural frameworks for contemporary heritage and museum practice in Australia and internationally. The first half of the course focuses on heritage practices, the second on understanding the frameworks regulating museum practices. Topics covered by the course will include the identification of the range and nature of cultural heritage in Australia, an examination of the history of museum development and collecting practices, the basic policy and legislative frameworks (Federal and State) governing the protection of cultural heritage; the principles and processes of heritage conservation planning; the role of archaeology and other areas of expertise in heritage conservation, curation and planning, the practices of documenting heritage values. The course will also consider the ethical issues that underpin heritage and museum conservation and interpretation.
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:
- evaluate the historical, political, institutional and cultural frameworks for contemporary heritage and museum practice in Australia and internationally;
- critique heritage and museum policies and legal frameworks relevant to the practice of heritage and museum management;
- critically analyse the principles of conservation and management;
- critically analyse a range of ethical and political issues that underpin heritage and museum management; and
- apply critical theory to the development of your own professional-standard practice document.
Indicative AssessmentStudent led discussion/tutorial participation 10% Learning outcomes 1-5
Tutorial paper, 1000 words (20%) Learning outcomes 1-5
Minor essay, 1500 words (25%) Learning outcomes 1, 2
Major essay, 4000 words (45%) Learning outcomes 3, 4
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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 tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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