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DD9014

 

DD9014 Introduction to Museum Studies

[Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: DD1003 Introduction to the Histories of Art I; Academic Unit: 3.0]

Pre-requisite

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DD1003 Introduction to the Histories of Art I

Academic Unit

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3 AU

Course Description

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Learning Objectives

The class will guide the students through the history and methodology of the museums work. The core course introduces interdisciplinary perspectives on the study of museums discussing the different aspects of the museum origins, development, social role, management and collection keeping. It incorporates close connections with the museum's staff including on-site lectures and organised museum visits. Students will have the chance to gain experience on museum design, collections care, exhibitions (permanent and temporary), storytelling and media, and working with visitors (education and edutainment).

 

Contents

The world of Museum and Heritage Management is changing rapidly and Museum studies is a dynamic and expanding field. Museum are referring to their collections that constituted rich sites of intellectual and cultural inquiry; collections actively and intentionally preserved useful information and generated knowledge through their connections and structures, tackling out their universal values and the contemporaneity of their meaning.  There is therefore a need for multi-skilled, qualified staff possessing a broad vision of the field in which they are working. The programme explores as well current debates about museums and galleries in the context of the history of collecting, care and exhibition, research and education, ICT applied to museum collections and “Virtuality” applied to museums and collections.  It will be complemented by fieldtrips to local museums and galleries, practical workshops and guest lectures. Written assignments will include exhibition reviews and independent research papers.

This course looks at Museums in terms of:

  1. History of collections
  2. Museum Design
  3. Museum Practices: Collections management and research
  4. Curating and Research on collections
  5. Collections, Space and Visitors: permanent and temporary exhibition
  6. ICT applied to Museums
  7. Museum education and edutainment
  8. Digital Heritage and Heritage Studies 

 


Course Outline

Week

Topic

Lecture Hours

1

A globalized Vision for Museums and Museology

3

2

Foundations of Museology

3

3

Collections Development, Collections and Space

3

4

Museum Design: past, present and future generations

3

5

Museum Research

3

6

Fieldtrip

3

7

Student Presentations

3

8

Exhibition design & management, Space and visitor

3

9

Museum Management: elements

3

10

Museum education and edutainment

3

11

ICT applied to museum: from Digital to Virtual Museum and Immersive spaces

3

12

Performance, Participation and Audiences

3

13

Final presentations

3

 

Total

39

 

 

Learning Outcome

Students will be trained on museum design, collections care, exhibitions (permanent and temporary), storytelling and media, and working with visitors (education and edutainment).

 

Student Assessment

Students will be assessed by:

Continuous Assessment (100%)

  1. Participation (15%) - Students will be reading about major case studies, critical writings, and engage in class discussions; 

  2. Written assignments (35%) - Students will be writing reviews of museums and gallery exhibition reviews after fieldtrips;

  3. Class presentations (20%) - Students will be expected to prepare verbal responses to topical issues in the fields of museum and curating after going through written materials. They will also introduce and explain their chosen topic and research question to the rest of the class.

  4. Final Research Project and Paper (30%) - Students will complete a choice of final assignment comprising an exhibition proposal and/or a research paper. The research will require the student to do archival research and conceptual thinking.



Textbooks/References 

 
Gennifer Barrett, Museum and the public sphere, Willey-Blackwell. 2011

Graham Black, The engaging museum: developing museums for visitor involvement. Routledge, 2005

Gerard Corsane, Heritage, museums and galleries: an introductory reader. Routledge, 2005

Edouwaye Flora, Kaplan S., Museums and the making of "ourselves': the role of objects in national identity (2005)​

Paula Findlen, Possessing Nature: Museums, Collecting, and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy (1994)

Geoffrey Lewis, The History of Museums. Encyclopedia Britannica