Museum Issues INFOSTUD5021

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Museum Issues presents students with an opportunity to explore contemporary issues facing the museum sector in a lively seminar orientated course. The course covers the political, economic and social context of museums, funding and income generation, strategy building and stakeholder mapping, volunteer management, audience development and education, cultural leadership, museum advocacy and public policy and international approaches.


2 hour weekly seminars

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses



A critique or review (30%) of 750 words and a 3-000 word essay (70%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ analyse the main issues facing museums today;

■ engage in a critical debate on the impact of current issues;

■ appreciate the importance of museum's economic, political and social context;

■ identify and evaluate practical responses to the competing demands placed on museums.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Critically analyse the principal issues facing museums today;

■ Evaluate the implications of economic, political and social contexts on museum practice and identify the opportunity costs facing museums;

■ Apply theoretical knowledge and practical skills through the development of creative responses to contemporary museum issues; 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.