Histories and Theories of Conservation

Subject 107-471 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 1.5-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Usually admission to a honours or postgraduate diploma in art history, or MA program in art history or art curatorship
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Prof Jaynie Anderson
Subject Overview:

This subject will include an analysis of the conservation issues in the preservation of ancient archaeological sites; the emergence of the professional painter restorers such as Bellini and Titian in Renaissance Italy; restoration controversies such as the Sistine Ceiling; 19th century criticism by John Ruskin and Viollet-Le-Duc on how Gothic architecture should be restored; ecotourism and the art of indigenous Australian peoples; changes in conservation as a result of new technology; and the conservation of films on celluloid and video. Students should become conversant with the major debates concerning conservation and contemporary museology.

Assessment: Seminar paper of 2000 words 40% (due one week after presentation), and an essay of 3000 words 60% (due in the examination period).Assessment submitted late without an approved formal extension will be penalised at 2% per day. Students who fail to submit up to 2-weeks after the final due date without a formal extension and/or special consideration will receive a fail grade for the piece of assessment.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of essays;

  • be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;

  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;

  • be able to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision;

  • be able to participate in team work through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions.


Formerly available as 107-040. Students who have completed 107-040 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Master of Art Curatorship (Coursework and Minor Thesis)
Master of Cinema Management
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts(Art History)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Cultural Material Conservation)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts(Art History)

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