AIM720 - Sustainability and Human Rights in Heritage and Museums


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students should plan to spend around 10-hours per week on the combined activities of reading, working through the exercises, library research and preparing assignments.

For on-campus students this will include 4-days of classroom and field trip activity.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

4 x 2.5-hour classes/field trips and 4 x 2-hour online seminars during the trimester

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 4 scheduled online seminars


What role does heritage play in moments of social rupture, armed conflict and environmental change? How is heritage mobilised in the wake of such destructive forces, in the long processes of recovery, reconstruction and commemoration?

This unit critically explores the challenges facing heritage and museums at a time of rapid planetary change and global disruption. It reflects on the relationships heritage practitioners and institutions have with collections, Indigenous peoples and the environment, as well as their responsibilities to address questions of colonialism, human rights and sustainability. Through a range of case studies, it analyses the power of places, objects and traditions to engage communities affected by change, and to tell stories of local and planetary transformation. It introduces themes and questions raised by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, as well as key debates in the intersections between heritage and human rights. Central to this unit are the core heritage concepts of loss, management and memorialisation.

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