ATS2931 - Making history at the museum - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Professor Alistair Thomson


Professor Alistair Thomson

Unit guides



  • Summer semester A 2019 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.




The unit may be offered as part of the Summer Arts ProgramSummer Arts Program (


How do we make the past into history? How do historical objects come to life in the museum? In this unit you will learn to think and work like a professional historian and museum curator. You'll work alongside Monash historians and curators at Melbourne Museum to research the history of a set of items in the Museums Victoria (MV collection. You'll research photos, objects, documents, oral history interviews or other sources. You'll produce an entry about a MV collection item for Collections Online - so that your research may be available for others to learn and enjoy.


On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. formulate research projects and acquire independent research skills;
  2. evaluate a variety of primary historical sources, and approaches and issues in their use in the production of a historical argument;
  3. place secondary sources in their cultural, ideological and intellectual context by showing where they fit into the current state of historical knowledge;
  4. critique ongoing debates about the practice of history;
  5. utilise online digital history resources and produce an online history of a museum collection item;
  6. demonstrate a critical awareness of approaches and issues in the production of history in a museum.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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