Deakin University approach

Deakin University Visit to the Immigration Museum, Melbourne 2012

In this iteration of the Learning and Teaching in Public Spaces theme of immigration has remained but a key subject outcome is a text and object exhibition.

The curriculum approach is carried through a unit of study Applied Community Project a unit of study in an Associate Degree of Arts Business and Science—taught at Warrnambool and Geelong.

Students learn about the significance of individual, community and national narratives and the forms these take.

A key component of this work is the understanding that museum content is arbitrary.

The students are given a brief and in small groups find a story of someone who has immigrated to Warrnambool or Geelong.

In these two exhibitions, in partnership with and at Flagstaff Maritime Museum and the National Wool Museum, students are the curators.

Applied community project

Student setting up at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum

This unit is part of the burgeoning and exciting area of study that investigates the uses of narrative.

Our focus will be on the content of narratives but also on the forms narratives take such as photographs and museums.

The importance of individual memory and its contribution to our sense of collective, and therefore community, memory cannot be underestimated.

In this unit we investigate the origins of museum spaces to explore the question of the role and importance of public spaces such as museums.

More recently museums have undergone a shift in what is remembered and what is represented.

Two good examples are: the Immigration Museum, Melbourne; and Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village (museum), Warrnambool.

View the unit guide and the project brochure (right-click and choose "save target/link as"). For more information about this work at Deakin University contact