HIST437 History and Museums

Updated: 13 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2020
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions HIST237 or HIST337 or LOCH227 or LOCH427

offered in odd-numbered years

Combined Units HIST337 - History and Museums
Coordinator(s) Nathan Wise (nwise@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 Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge of the changing role of museums in collecting, conserving and presenting cultural heritage, and present a coherent, sustained and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas at an advanced level;
  2. demonstrate professional understanding of the specialised skills required to ensure the efficient and effective management and curatorship of history museums, collections and exhibitions;
  3. conduct high level 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 advanced cognitive and communication skills, knowledge and judgement to undertake professional work as an historian (paid or voluntary) in a museum.