- Code MUSC8022
- 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, Human Rights, Heritage Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course encourages students to develop a critical understanding of how justice is positioned, locally and internationally, as a subject of display. There is currently a global industry arising from the conversion of former sites of imprisonment to tourist attractions. Parliament houses and law courts, as either decommissioned or as functional sites of law-making and keeping, manage and display collections, conduct public tours and implement conservation heritage plans. In addition, there is an international push for museums to actively support social justice by ensuring that the whole of the public can benefit from museum resources. This course will focus on these intersections between museums and heritage sites with social justice, criminal justice, law making, and associated mechanisms of democracy.
Using theories and methods of sociology, human rights, cultural studies and the politics of representation, this course analyses the role of museums and heritage management in the history and practice of notions of justice, including in those countries where democracy has been threatened. In addition to lectures and multi-media recordings of international approaches to the depiction of human rights and social justice programmes in museums, students will also engage in direct learning experiences through field trips in Canberra and regional NSW.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Students will be required to participate in excursions within Canberra and in regional New South Wales, which may include an overnight stay in regional NSW. Students will need to cover the cost of their accommodation. Transport will be provided. Students will only be permitted to travel outside of Canberra upon completion of ANU required documentation, including, where required, the travel to a high risk destination form and the approval of all documentation by the relevant delegate.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- describe the range of functions that inform public access to historical prison sites;
- evaluate the role that heritage and museum experts play in the inclusion/exclusion of minority groups;
- describe the diverse ways that notions of citizenship and democracy are framed and represented in museum and heritage sites;
- identify and analyse the role of, and challenges for, museum and heritage sites, both locally and internationally in advocating for human rights and social justice; and
- demonstrate the conceptual and analytical skills required to assess sites of law-making as tourist attractions.
- Pre-intensive readings and discussion (1000 words) (15) [LO 1,2,4]
- Reflective journal (1500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Oral presentation (5 minutes) (10) [LO 2,3]
- comparative review, online blog, OR written essay (3000 words) (55) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 40 hours of contact attending intensive sessions over consecutive 5 days; and
b) 90 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Wilson, J. Z., Hodgkinson, S., Piché, J., and Walby, K., (eds), 2017. The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Tourism. Palgrave Macmillan: UK.
Sandell, R., and Nightingale. E., (eds.) 2012. Museums, Equality and Social Justice. Routledge: Oxon and New York.
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