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This subject examines the growth of the museum from its origins in the wunderkammer and antiquarian collections of the 16th century to the dynamic and constantly shifting field of possibilities available to museums today. The subject charts the progression of the museum from the private collections of the Renaissance and Baroque to the vast public institutional spaces of the late 18th and 19th centuries, and beyond. Special attention will be given to the ways in which the changing objectives of the museum (e.g. moral elevation, public instruction, mass entertainment, propoganda) are reflected in the architecture, design and display techniques developed in different counties in different times. Students should develop an understanding of the relationship between museums and concepts of national and cultural identity, focusing on their development within Australia. This will include visits to appropriate sites and institutions.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students hould be able to:
- understand the social, cultural and political history of museums and the history of collecting;
- understand the changing role of museums / galleries in society as reflected in their architecture, design and display techniques; and
- develop an understanding of the relationship between museums and concepts of national and cultural identity.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- further developed their research skills;
- developed their ability to think and argue critically and to express their ideas in written communication; and
- developed skills in oral presentation.
Last updated: 3 November 2022