Introduces the history, philosophy, organization, administration, and practice of museums. Covers the changing emphases on the role of museums in cultural, socioeconomic and political contexts; collection management, exhibition and program planning, education, cultural tourism, community outreach, and marketing.
This is an overview course that explores the world of museums and cultural attractions--why they exist, what role they play in society, and how people from all over the world are connected to them. Open to students from all disciplines who want to know more about the inner workings of museums, their history, collections, and philosophies.
Student learning goals
Students will know what types of museums exist and why.
Students will understand the role of museums and cultural attractions in society.
Students will be able to "dissect" a museum or cultural attraction to better understand how it functions and serves the public.
Students will gain an understanding of where our assumptions about museums come from and how they change over time.
Students will understand how museums and cultural attractions fit into the educational community and non-profit worlds.
General method of instruction
In class and in the field.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments will require research, writing, and creative thinking.
Grades are primarily based on attendance, participation, and assignments.