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History and the Museum (12 points)


Leader: Seamus O'Hanlon

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2003 (Flexible)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Flexible)

Synopsis: Unit introduces ways in which understandings of the past inform policy and practice in contemporary museums. Using a range of history museums as case-studies the unit examines the historical origins and development of modern museums, both local and national; the challenges of presenting national history in a post-modern and post-colonial world; techniques of presenting the past, including textual, digital and dramatic forms; and tensions between the role of museums in education and tourism. Students will have opportunities to develop their skills in the application of history to museums, and to learn from museum professionals the tasks normally performed by historians in such settings.

Assessment: Review of museum or exhibition (2000 words): 20% + Proposal for, and design of, a museum exhibition. (4500 words or equivalent): 50% + Reflective essay (2000 words): 20% + Seminar or discussion group participation: 10%

Contact Hours: One hour (on-line discussion group) or two hour seminar.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree with a major in history, or permission from co-ordinator

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