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MUSEUM 580 Introduction to Museology (5)
Museum history, philosophy, and basic operations, including organization, income, collection management, conservation, exhibition, security, education, research, and ethics.
MUSEUM 581 Preservation and Management of Collections (5)
Lecture and demonstration of fundamental principles of collection management issues, emphasizing collection management needs of museum collection of all types. Application of principles through integrated collection management lab experiences addressing concerns of artifact handling, cataloging, photo-documentation, storage, and registration.
MUSEUM 582 Preservation of Collections II (5)
Lecture and demonstrations in the recognition and treatment of museum conservation problems for specimens of all types. Application of basic principles to specific preventive and active conservation and restoration problems encountered by curatorial personnel.
Instructor Course Description: Miriam L Clavir
MUSEUM 583 Directed Fieldwork in Museum Operations (1-5, max. 15)
Application of general museological training in one or more areas of supervised operation areas, including registration, education, exhibition, development, marketing or public relations. Recommended: MUSEUM 580. Credit/no-credit only.
MUSEUM 584 Directed Fieldwork in Archaeological Collections (1-5, max. 15)
Application of museological training in curation of archeological collections at the Burke Museum. Supervised work ranges from fundamental collection documentation and research to preventive conservation, storage, and other special curation projects. Prerequisite: MUSEUM 581.
MUSEUM 585 Directed Fieldwork in General Collections (1-5, max. 15)
Application of museological training in the curation of art, historic, botanical, geological, zoological, or other collections. Supervised work ranges from fundamental collection documentation and research to preventive conservation or storage, and other special curation projects. Recommended: MUSEUM 581. Credit/no-credit only.
MUSEUM 586 Philosophy and Ethics of Museum Collections (3) Clavir
Explores ethics and issues related to collections housed in contemporary museums, addressing collections of many types including tangible and intangible aspects. Explores the meaning of "preserving cultural/natural significance": what museums, zoos, aquaria, and botanical gardens preserve, what they do not preserve, for whom, and how. Offered: W, odd years.
MUSEUM 588 Special Topics in Museology (1-5, max. 15)
In-depth examination of selected current issues within the field of museology.
Instructor Course Description: Deborah D. Hilke Kristine A. Morrissey
MUSEUM 590 Seminar in Museum Theory and Administration (5)
Examination of principles of administrative theory and museum operations. Administrative structures and policies, management theory, board issues, organizational conflicts, planning issues, collection concerns, financial constructs, professional standards, and museum/community relations from an organizational and management perspective. Recommended: MUSEUM 580. Offered: jointly with ANTH 590.
MUSEUM 592 Social Issues and Museums (3)
Explores the ways museums have engaged in social issues and the implications of that engagement. Through readings and discussions, considers the fragile and interesting boundaries between museums and society and the changing expectations on museums to contribute to the common good of society.
MUSEUM 593 Seminar in Museum Exhibition (5)
Theory, methodology, and fundamental principles of museum exhibition process. Exhibition elements include planning, conceptual development, interpretation, design, production, installation, evaluation, and community impact of museum exhibitions. Application of exhibition principles through term exhibit project. Recommended: MUSEUM 590.
MUSEUM 594 Seminar in Museum Education (5)
Focus on museums as educational institutions with consideration of the place of education in the mission of museums, the educational role of museums compared to that of other institutions, the museum's diverse audiences and their needs, and the educational methods and techniques museums may employ in pursuing their goals. Recommended: MUSEUM 580.
MUSEUM 596 Introduction to Audience Research in Informal Learning Settings (3)
Provides an introduction to the field of audience research as it relates to museum practice. Basic types, ethics, and practices of audience research introduced and practiced through readings, reflective fieldwork, mentorships, and discussions.
MUSEUM 597 Directed Fieldwork in Audience Research (1-5, max. 15) Morrissey, Satwicz, Visscher
Applies museological training in visitor studies gained from audience research coursework. Includes implementation of audience research and evaluation projects within a variety of local museums, zoos, and aquaria. Students develop and practice skills in data collection, analysis, and reporting of results. Prerequisite: MUSEUM 596. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSp.
MUSEUM 598 Research Design and Museology Practice (4) Morrissey
Prepares students to identify, interpret, analyze, and design research that advances the field of museology. Offered: Sp.
MUSEUM 599 Careers and Social Capital (3-5) O'Donnell
Prepares students to transition from the academic community of a world-class university to a place of responsibility within a professional community that is committed to stewardship of the vast natural and created resources of our global communities and environments, including our stories, values, knowledge, mistakes, questions, and aspirations. Offered: Sp.
MUSEUM 600 Independent Study or Research ([1-10]-)
MUSEUM 601 Internship (1-15, max. 15)
Faculty supervised off-campus internships in museums and allied institutions. Each internship is individually established and provides students with practical experience and the opportunity to apply and learn new professional skills. Prerequisite: permission of instructor; recommended: MUSEUM 580; MUSEUM 581; MUSEUM 590.
MUSEUM 700 Master's Thesis ([1-10]-)
MUSEUM 710 Master's Project ([1-10]-, max. 10)