Postgraduate taught 

Material Culture & Artefact Studies MSc/PgDip

Critical Themes in the Display and Reception of Objects ARCH5011

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

The aim of this module is to allow the student to develop a critical appreciation of the issues pertaining to the display and presentation of material culture to the general public. Museum exhibition and installation visits are critically evaluated primarily through self-study and supported by seminars an d sessions with relevant professionals the student will acquire an understanding of the issues involved in both public presentation and the implications for the study of artefacts and material culture in general. Specific aims:
? To introduce students to the contemporary theoretical issues surrounding the design and implementation of museum displays and other exhibitions
? To foster an appreciation of the diverse nature of the public experience of exhibitions involving various types of material culture
? To explore current tensions in the management, curation and access to material culture
? To develop skills in the analysis and assessment of the efficacy of different types of displays regarding accessibility to diverse audiences
? To effectively communicate critical evaluation, theoretical knowledge and transferable skills via oral/poster presentation

Timetable

Normally two hours per week with longer fieldtrips to exhibitions and seminars.

Assessment

The assessment for this module comprises an Exhibition Critique called assignment (3000 words, worth 50% of the overall marks); a poster/powerpoint presentation (worth 25% of overall marks) and an Exhibition Notebook called project (worth 25% of the overall marks).

Course Aims

The aim of this module is to allow the student to develop a critical appreciation of the issues pertaining to the display and presentation of material culture to the general public. Museum exhibition and installation visits are critically evaluated primarily through self-study and supported by seminars an d sessions with relevant professionals the student will acquire an understanding of the issues involved in both public presentation and the implications for the study of artefacts and material culture in general. Specific aims:
? To introduce students to the contemporary theoretical issues surrounding the design and implementation of museum displays and other exhibitions
? To foster an appreciation of the diverse nature of the public experience of exhibitions involving various types of material culture
? To explore current tensions in the management, curation and access to material culture
? To develop skills in the analysis and assessment of the efficacy of different types of displays regarding accessibility to diverse audiences
? To effectively communicate critical evaluation, theoretical knowledge and transferable skills via oral/poster presentation

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this module, students should be able to:
? Demonstrate an appreciation of the issues of displaying artefacts to the general public in a range of different contexts and media
? Undertake a critical evaluation of an exhibition
? Demonstrate an awareness of current academic thinking on the presentation of material culture and communicate this effectively to others
? Gained transferable skills and experience of oral and poster presentations