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AT5526: THE MUSEUM IDEA (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05


Course Overview

Why do human beings collect and what is the purpose of museums? ‘The Museum Idea’ examines these questions by focusing on the history and philosophy of museums and relating these to contemporary museum practice. The course will examine the role of museums in society through case studies of exhibitions and other museum projects in a variety of settings, including art, history and ethnographic museums.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Alison Brown

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Master of Letters in Museum Studies

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

Why do human beings collect and what is the purpose of museums? ‘The Museum Idea’ examines these questions by focusing on the history and philosophy of museums and relating these to contemporary museum practice. The course will examine the role of museums in society through case studies of exhibitions and other museum projects in a variety of settings, including art, history and ethnographic museums.


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 33, 35, 39 - 41

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Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback Word Count 4000
Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

10x Discussion Board Submissions

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Learning Outcomes
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Resit Assessments

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Feedback Word Count 4000
Learning Outcomes
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualCreateStudents will demonstrate evidence of independent research in course assessments.
FactualEvaluateStudents will critically evaluate case study material drawn from museums and heritage organisations worldwide.
FactualUnderstandStudents will demonstrate an ability to prepare material for leading and participating in seminar discussions.
FactualUnderstandDrawing on relevant literature, students will be able to discuss critically, in written and verbal form, key topics within the field of Museum Studies.
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will critique interpretative and communication processes used by museums, both historically and in the present.

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