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MUSEUM 500 Introduction to Museology (5)
Museum history, philosophy, and basic operations, including organization, income, collection management, conservation, exhibition, security, education, research, and ethics.
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MUSEUM 520 Learning in Museums (3)
Explore a range of learning theories and frameworks and their implications for museum practice. The course is organized around three key questions: What is learning What do we know about learning in museums, specifically? How do we design for learning in museums?
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MUSEUM 524 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.
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MUSEUM 528 Advocacy and Social Change (3) K. MORRISSEY
Explore the ways museums have engaged in representing and advocating for social change and the implications of that engagement. Readings, discussion, and assignments consider the fragile and interesting boundaries between museums and society and the changing expectation of museums to contribute to the common good of society. Offered: A.
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MUSEUM 540 Preservation and Management of Collections (3)
Focus on fundamental issues related to collections management, ranging from artifact handling and artifact storage solutions, to cataloging and photographing, as well as registration methods such as accessioning, deaccessioning, loans, and legal aspects of managing a museum collection.
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MUSEUM 541 Collections Management Lab (2)
Practical training in the fundamental areas of collections management including: artifact handling, cataloging, condition reporting, photo-documentation and various storage methods. Prerequisite: MUSEUM 540, or concurrent enrollment.
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MUSEUM 542 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.
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MUSEUM 544 Philosophy and Ethics of Museum Collections (3)
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.
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MUSEUM 560 Museum Administration and Leadership (5)
Principles and practices of museum administration and leadership. Organizational structures and policies; management and leadership theory; board issues; organizational conflicts; planning issues; collection concerns; financial constructs; professional standards; and museum/community relations from an organizational and management perspective.
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MUSEUM 562 Legal Issues in Museums (4)
Explores the legal issues faced by art and science museums. Topics include copyright/trademark law, how the First Amendment protects controversial exhibits, repatriating Native American remains and cultural artifacts, donor rights, art appraising, wartime looting, and the ongoing debate over stewardship and ownership of the world's natural and cultural resources. Offered: jointly with LAW E 562.
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MUSEUM 566 Grant Writing in Museums (3)
Students learn how to identify relevant grant funding opportunities for museums and determine the fit for a particular institution or project; gain familiarity with the components of a grant proposal; understand how proposals are reviewed, what funders typically look for, and the characteristics of a high quality grant proposal.
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MUSEUM 570 Research Design and Museology Practice (4) K. MORRISSEY
Prepares students to identify, interpret, analyze, and design research that advances the field of museology.
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MUSEUM 574 Introduction to Museum Evaluation (3)
Provides an introduction to the field of evaluation as it relates to museum practice. Introduces basic types, ethics, and practices of evaluation and practices them through readings, reflective fieldwork, mentorships, and discussions.
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MUSEUM 575 Museum Evaluation Project I (3) N. Visscher
Applies museological training in Museum Evaluation. Students participate in a quarter-long evaluation project, designed by instructors to further student skills in data collection, and provide an introduction to data management, analysis and presentation within a variety of museum settings. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: Sp.
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MUSEUM 576 Evaluation Project II (3, max. 9) N. Visscher
Applies museological training in museum evaluation. Includes design and implementation of a yearlong-long evaluation project, intended to further student skills in evaluation planning, outcome development, instrumentation design, data analysis, and reporting in a variety of museum settings. Prerequisite: MUSEUM 574; MUSEUM 575 Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSp.
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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. Credit/no-credit only.
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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.
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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. Credit/no-credit only.
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MUSEUM 588 Special Topics in Museology (1-5, max. 15)
In-depth examination of selected current issues within the field of museology.
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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.
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MUSEUM 597 Directed Fieldwork in Audience Research (1-5, max. 15)
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. Instructors: Morrissey, Satwicz, Visscher Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSp.
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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.
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MUSEUM 600 Independent Study or Research ([1-10]-)
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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.
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MUSEUM 700 Master's Thesis ([1-10]-)
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MUSEUM 710 Master's Project ([1-10]-, max. 10)
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