AIM736 - Museums, Heritage and Society


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

Trimester 2: Online

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: AIM701, AIM721
Study commitment

Students should plan to spend around 8-10 hours per week on the combined activities of reading, working through the exercises, library research and preparing assignments.

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


The use of the past in the present has become a key debate within contemporary society. Contestations over representations of the past by/in museums, critiques of the power of heritage to legitimate particular word views, debates about multiculturalism and social inclusion, all bring concerns over social/communal identity to the fore. Through concepts such as text, representation, and performance, the unit aims to explore the history and contemporary nature of heritage practices and institutions showing how we can apply theoretical concerns to the understanding and management of museums and cultural heritage. It introduces key definitions and ideas, many of which are explored in more detail in other units of the program. Central is the concept that 'cultural heritage' may apply to objects, places and traditions, whether managed by museums, national parks, urban planning schemes, tourism attractions or a host of other environments.

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