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Objects as Material Culture (8947.4)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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This unit will introduce students to the ways in which objects are interpreted as 'material culture' by the various discipline areas (ie anthropology and/or archaeology) and the centrality of the object in museum and/or cultural heritage studies. The unit aims to develop students' skills in research and presentation of the cultural heritage values of objects and collections.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Appreciate issues in assessing the heritage values of objects/artefacts;

2. Demonstrate advanced skills in researching and writing about objects/artefacts;

3. Demonstrate knowledge of the key discipline areas and research methods which construct knowledge about societies and the objects they make.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours per week.





Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units


Equivalent Units

8492 Curatorship 8497 Artefacts

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