• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • 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 2020
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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:

Upon successful completion of this course, 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

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

Specialisations

Fees

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Student Contribution 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
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
2602 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A
4697 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 Online N/A

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