AIM734 - Understanding Significance


2021 unit information

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


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Students are required to attend 4-days of intensive classes during the trimester

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Online independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 1-hour per week, including a minimum of 1 scheduled online seminar each trimester


How do we know what objects, places and traditions societies ought to preserve? What counts as heritage? Who decides? This unit investigates philosophical and sociological approaches to the problems of knowledge as encountered in museum and heritage practice. It addresses the challenges of knowing what is of historical, aesthetic, architectural, social, spiritual and scientific significance – the concept employed in contemporary heritage/museum practice to establish thresholds of value for preservation.

Hence, the unit focuses on identifying and evaluating objects collected by museums and galleries; structures and landscapes preserved in the physical world; knowledge, beliefs and traditions valued in social practice within and across cultures. It also stresses that assessment of significance is a socially constructed knowledge product, relying on multiple sources and informed by collegial interaction.

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