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AIM721 - Museums: Context and Issues

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:L Young




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You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


Module 1: Introduction to Museums

  • Exploration and critique of historical and theoretical bases of museums and galleries

  • Overview of definitions of 'museum', and the different types of museums

  • Functions and purposes of museums and galleries

  • Consideration of accepted international ethical standards for both institutions and personnel
Module 2: Museums- Making Connections
  • International treaties that guide the work of museums

  • Cultural policies and legislation of Australian governments

  • Survey of professional organisations and institutions that relate to the museum sector

  • Systems of quality control and bench-marking such as accreditation and competency standards
Module 3: Contemporary Issues for Museums
  • Cultural diversity

  • Indigenous people and their heritage

  • Repatriation and restitution of heritage objects

  • Globalisation

  • Virtual museums


Report: ethics 1500 words 30%

Report: cultural policy 1500 words 30%

Essay: contemporary issues 1500 words 30%

Online participation, at least 2 posts 10%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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