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In this subject, students explore issues relating to the preservation of culture that is held beyond large collecting institutions. Students will develop an understanding of how the epistemology of cultural maintenance manifests in a range of societal and cultural practices. Students engage with issues relating to context, disruption, authenticity, legal standing, development, reinvention, identity and minority status. Students will understand how a broad intellectual engagement and the promotion of ideas and interests operate to produce outcomes for people who may not be in a position to engage with large collecting institutions.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Understand the relationship between identity, culture and cultural material and how these specifically relate to a wide range of social issues
- Demonstrate sound, critical, ethical and professional engagement with people from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences
- Be able to contextualise requirements for various types and levels of engagement beyond the context of institutions
- Understand how to develop advocacy, and leverage support for cultural conservation and the maintenance and preservation of identity in low economic situations
- Develop skills in assessing the needs of clients and those interested in engaging with conservation and other allied professions
- Develop strong cross-disciplinary research skills and be able to employ these in cultural research.
- Diverse conservation practices
- Modes of engagement with different perspectives
- Creative problem solving
- Oral and written communication
- Critical thinking.
Last updated: 31 January 2024