Course syllabus

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Kia ora koutou and welcome to EXHIBITING CULTURES: INTERNATIONAL.

This course offers an introduction to the history, theory and current debates in relation to Museums and Cultural Heritage. It will examine the origins of museums, their changing role and responsibilities before focusing on museums in the twenty-first century: new kinds of heritage (intangible and digital); management and conservation of collections today; exhibitions and interpretation; ethics and challenging exhibitions; and public programming. Case studies will be drawn from international practice.



27 July - BLOCK 1: Museums 101. The Origins of Museums.

3 Aug - The role and responsibilities of the Museum.

10 Aug - BLOCK 2: Museums in the 21st Century. Museology + theory: The Third Museum Age.

17 Aug - New kinds of heritage: Intangible + Digital Heritage. Assignment 1 ** Case Study due

24 Aug - Collections now: Management + Conservation

31 Aug - Exhibitions + Interpretation 

Mid-Semester Break 7-20 Sept 2020

21 Sept - Ethics + the Museum  ** Annotated bibliography due this week

28 Sept - Public Programming

5 Oct - Seminars, week 1

12  Oct - Seminars, week 2

19 Oct - Seminars, week 3 - ** Research essay due one week after presentation


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