ANTH238-23S2 (A) Semester Two 2023 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)

Exploring the Past: Museums, Memory and Material Culture

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


This course is a 'hands on' introduction to public history and public anthropology, taught through a combination of workshops, tutorials and field trips.

Learning Outcomes

  • This course will enable each participant to:
  • Consider how the study of material domains can assist our understanding about what it means to be human within the diversity of culture.
  • Discuss a range of ways in which the past is used by states and civil societies, and how these are related to questions of politics and power.
  • Compare and contrast the social life of things, using particular examples drawn from the topics covered in the course.
  • Critically reflect on the nature of knowledge and norms, including indigenous models, in a personal learning journal.
  • Complete a review that applies frameworks and ideas developed in the course to the study of a particular museum exhibition.
  • Critically assess the biographies of local statuary, their current locations, and how their meanings have changed over time.
  • Contribute effectively in group and co-operative work.
  • Develop an appreciation for applied anthropology and public history.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Any 15 points at 100 level from ANTH, HIST, or
SOCI, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


HIST288, SOCI238

Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 14:00 - 15:00 Arts Centre 203 Camerata 17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
02 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 Arts Centre 203 Camerata 17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 13:00 Arts Centre 203 Camerata 17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct

Contact Person

Lyndon Fraser


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Learning Journal 25 Aug 2023 40%
Exhibition Review 15 Aug 2023 35%
Structured 25 Sep 2023 25%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All ANTH238 Occurrences

  • ANTH238-23S2 (A) Semester Two 2023 (The Arts Centre Christchurch)