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AT5026: THE MUSEUM IDEA (2016-2017)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:02


Course Overview

‘The Museum Idea’ course introduces Museum Studies, focusing on the history and philosophy of museums and collecting, relating this to contemporary museum practice. It is a taught by a team of academic staff in disciplines such as Anthropology, Archaeology, Education and History of Art, and the professional staff of the University’s museums. Many class meetings will be held in the University’s museums, including display areas, conservation laboratory and reserve collections and reserve collections, with a field trip to museums in another city in Scotland.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Mr Neil Curtis

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This core course for the MLitt in Museum Studies will be structured in two blocks. The first block will focus on the history and philosophy of museums and collecting, while the second block will relate these theoretical positions to contemporary museum practice, drawing on fieldwork undertaken in galleries and museums. Many taught sessions will be held in the University’s museums, including display areas, conservation workshop and reserve collections. A field trip (to e.g. Dundee or Edinburgh) will include an opportunity to evaluate another museum and meet with other professional museum staff. Each two-hour seminar will be followed by a one hour student lead seminar where the students can develop their interests.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Master of Letters in Museum Studies

Contact Teaching Time

76 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: Essay (60%), Museum review (40%), presentation (successful presentation).

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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