- Code MUSC8012
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Humanities and the Arts
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Museum and Collection
- Areas of interest History, Museums and Collections, Arts, Heritage Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Laurajane Smith
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2022
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- 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;
- 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;
- 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
- identify and analyse the role of heritage professionals and museums as learners.
- Learning journal (1000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- Oral presentation (10 minutes) (15) [LO 4]
- Analysis of education programme (1000 words) (15) [LO 1,2]
- Learning activity plan (3000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3]
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Workload130 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.
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