• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Humanities
  • Areas of interest Archaeology, Art History, History, Museums and Collections, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Laurajane Smith
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This course provides an in depth analysis of the field of heritage and museum studies and explores some of the conceptual, political and ethical issues faced by those working within and researching in the area of heritage and museums.  The course questions dominant perceptions that heritage is simply about the collection and management of artifacts, sites and monuments and challenges students to engage with understanding heritage as an area of cultural and political practice. Students are introduced to the key intellectual frameworks that allow us to understand heritage as a form of cultural practice, while each week students are introduced to particular issues or 'problems' that heritage represents and are encouraged to explore and debate their meanings, consequences and, where relevant, their resolutions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Identify and judge the utility of different conceptualisations of 'heritage' and understand how they come to be deployed within international and national cultural policies and practices;
  2. Analyse the role heritage and museums play in the politics of recognition, and remembering and forgetting at both national and sub-national levels;
  3. Analyse the diverse ways that heritage is perceived and valued by different interests and assess the consequences of this for policy and practice;
  4. Identify and analyse the power relations that shape contemporary heritage and museum practices; and
  5. Critically assess the role that heritage and museum experts play in the mediation of conflicts over heritage and museum management and interpretation.

Indicative Assessment

Participation in seminars (in-person class) or on-line tutorials (on-line class) (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]
Seminar/tutorial paper, 1000 words (15%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]
Minor essay, 2000 words (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]
Major essay, 3000 words (50%) [Learning Outcomes 3, 4, 5]
 

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Workload

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 seminars (in-person class) or on-line tutorials (on-line class); and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Prescribed Texts

Smith, L. 2006 Uses of Heritage, London: Routledge

Harrison, R. 2013 Heritage: Critical Approaches, London: Routledge

Lowenthal, D. 2013 The Past is a Foreign Country – Revisited, Cambridge University Press (note this is the revised 2013 edition, not the 1985 original version).

Assumed Knowledge

This course does not assume any prior knowledge with heritage and museum studies.

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
On Campus
8183 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person
Online
8777 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 Online

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