• Offered by Research School of Humanities and the Arts
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Museum and Collection
  • Areas of interest History, Museums and Collections, Arts, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Laurajane Smith
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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Through an overview of the educational and learning contexts of a wide range of Australian and international museums and heritage sites, students will be guided into developing analytical, synthetic and evaluative skills that allow them to observe, assess, design and implement educational exhibitions/programs in museum and heritage settings. Students will also be guided into experiential investigations of local or virtual museum/heritage settings, and contact with professionals in those settings and to examine learning theories, critical pedagogy, audiences, curricula and policies, practices of learning and evaluations of learning in museums and heritage sites. The course will also enable students to consider cases of public contestation which position heritage professionals and museums into the role of learner.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. describe the scope and characteristics of the different types of learning that occurs in museums and heritage sites (on-site and virtually), including early childhood and school learning, adult learning, lifelong learning, family learning, and community learning, and give examples of exemplary exhibitions/programs;
  2. evaluate theories of learning relevant to museum and heritage sites and be able to situate those theories within the context of public and school exhibitions/programs;
  3. demonstrate the conceptual and analytical skills to engage a variety of audiences in appropriate learning in the museum/heritage context by planning and implementing cost-effective learning/interpretive exhibitions/programs, including with relation to school curricula, open-air sites, indigenous communities, and/or using relevant technologies where appropriate; and
  4. identify and analyse the role of heritage professionals and museums as learners.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Learning journal (1000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Oral presentation (10 minutes) (15) [LO 4]
  3. Analysis of education programme (1000 words) (15) [LO 1,2]
  4. Learning activity plan (3000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks of lectures, tutorials and seminars; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

NA

Specialisations

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3630
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5580
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2482 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View
4064 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 Online View

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