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MHST6904: Museum and Heritage: Objects and Places

Semester 2, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

Objects and heritage places (such as indigenous sites, historical buildings, parks, gardens, ruins, archaeological sites, memorials, cultural landscapes) can be studied from a range of multi-disciplinary approaches. In this unit students are introduced to different theoretical and methodological frameworks used in object and place analysis. Changing ideas about the roles and meanings of objects and places from historical, contemporary and cross-cultural perspectives will be introduced. Practical work and case studies will used to examine these issues.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Art History
Credit points 6
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Prohibitions
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MUSM7033
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Chiara O'Reilly, chiara.oreilly@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Charlotte Feakins, charlotte.feakins@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation group assignment Presentation
Group online presentation
10% Multiple weeks 10 minutes (500 words equivalent)
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO6 LO5 LO3
Participation Online participation
NA
10% Ongoing NA
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Short Essay
NA
35% Week 07
Due date: 20 Sep 2021 at 23:59
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Object/place assessment
n/a
45% Week 13
Due date: 10 Nov 2021 at 23:59
2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Detailed information can be found in Canvas

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 02 The idea of place Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 03 An introduction to objects: Museum contexts for interpretation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 04 CCW Object study room session Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 05 Museum Methods for Object Analysis Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 06 Heritage Place, theory and Method Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 07 Cultural landscapes Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 08 Indigenous (Re)Possession, Memorials and Public History Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 09 Object biographies and narratives Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 10 Ruins Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 11 Site Visit Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 12 Bodies and things: affect and emotion in museums and heritage Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 13 Unit summary Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Readings and additional resources will be available on the Canvas site.

 

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. Develop a sophisticated understanding of the museum and heritage fields as intersecting theoretical and professional disciplines concerned with interpreting cultural significance of objects and places.
  • LO2. Recognise the political, ethical and cultural implications of historical and contemporary approaches to interpreting the meanings of objects and places
  • LO3. Acquire critical knowledge of a range of conceptual, philosophical and disciplinary approaches to the interpretation of material culture, structures and sites
  • LO4. Develop literacy in, and be able to apply, practical methodologies for the analysis of museum objects and heritage places
  • LO5. Extend capacity to conduct independent scholarly research
  • LO6. Build skills, confidence and creativity in oral, visual and written communication

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Assessments have been redesigned to allow for additional feedback on written work.

Please ensure that you regularly check the Canvas page for updates. 

 

In addition, you should have access to the dedicated Canvas Hub for Museum and Heritage Studies Students. 

Site visit guidelines

Site visits and activities are subject to change.

Disclaimer

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