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MHST6902: Museum and Heritage: Engaging audiences

Presenting collections, objects and places to the public is a major focus for museums, galleries and heritage organisations. The development of interpretation strategies and public programs to engage, educate and entertain audiences are regarded as key to the long-term viability of cultural institutions. This unit examines the theories and practices of museum education, heritage interpretation, audience research, communication and learning. The development and delivery of education, interpretation and visitor programs are examined in case studies and through practical work.

Code MHST6902
Academic unit Art History
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. evaluate the effectiveness of public programs in museums and heritage places
  • LO2. demonstrate knowledge of the principles of learning in museums and at heritage places
  • LO3. demonstrate research skills in audience studies
  • LO4. produce an education or public program that draws on a critical understanding of current literature and practice
  • LO5. identify, access, organise and communicate knowledge in both written and oral English
  • LO6. demonstrate problem-solving skills
  • LO7. demonstrate critical, rigorous and independent thinking
  • LO8. use information technology for scholarly, professional and personal development.