Material Culture and Museum Studies
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This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to
- Understand ancient materials and the cultural contexts in which they were used. To examine the origin of materials and how things were made.
- Evaluate methodological and ethical issues associated with the role of Museums in the collection and exhibition of artifacts
- Acquire skills necessary for research analysis and interpretations. Conducting independent research and synthesize acquired knowledge.
- Deliver a power point oral presentation paper ( a “Conference Paper”) and communicate effectively with teaching staff and peers though class presentation.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
130cp at 1000 level or above or (10cp in AHIS or AHST units at 2000 level)
No additional requirements
An advanced level study of some of the most common categories of material in the ancient world, including metals, stones, clay, animal and plant based fibers, timber and ivory, and various genres of materials production such as architecture, ceramics, sculpture, weaponry and equestrian equipment, with particular emphasis on technology, manufacture, function, style, iconography, chronology and spatial distribution. Material will normally be drawn from a diverse range of cultures, with specific physical examples from the collections of the Museum of Ancient Cultures, and may vary from year to year. Relying on this background, and in parallel, students will also be introduced to the history of museums and museum collections, the illicit trade of antiquities, the manufacture of forgeries, the participation of public museums and private collectors and related repercussions for the reconstruction of the historical record.
- Research Essay Proposal (5%)
- Analysis of weekly readings (20%)
- Discussion of weekly readings (10%)
- Class presentation (15%)
- Research Essay (50%)
Current study term: 25 Jul 21 to 05 Nov 21
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