HIST337 History and Museums

Updated: 02 March 2017
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no UNE Supervised Examination.
Pre-requisites 12cp in ANCH or ASST or ECON (units with a 4 or 5 as second digit [denoting ECON HIST] only) or HIST or HINQ or candidature in BArch(Hons) or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions HIST237 or LOCH227 or LOCH228 or LOCH427

offered in odd-numbered years

Combined Units HIST437 - History and Museums
Coordinator(s) Angie Kahler (akahler3@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Museums play a central role in collecting, conserving, interpreting and presenting our natural and cultural heritage, and in educating people from all walks of life. Their focus moves between the past, present and future. This unit prepares students to take an active role in the curatorial practices involved in presenting history and heritage in museums. It requires them to become familiar with the history of museums, and with the processes involved in researching, collecting, documenting, conserving, interpreting and presenting material culture. It also establishes an appreciation of the steps involved in evaluating and reviewing exhibitions about the past.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 50% 2500
Assessment Notes

Part A: Reflective writing exercise (500 words) Part B: Essay (2000 words)

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Assessment 2 50% 2500
Assessment Notes

Applied Project

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge of the changing role of museums in collecting, conserving and presenting cultural heritage, and present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas;
  2. transmit to others an understanding of the specialised skills required to ensure the efficient and effective management and curatorship of history museums, collections and exhibitions;
  3. conduct research into the history and significance of specific items of material culture and specific aspects of the practice of history in museums; and
  4. apply well developed cognitive and communication skills, knowledge and judgement to undertake professional work as an historian (paid or voluntary) in a museum.