Introduction to Museology INFOST5017
- Academic Session: 2021-22
- 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
Introduction to Museology introduces students to different theoretical approaches to, and critical reflections on, museums. It covers the history and role of museums; their architecture, design and layout; use of collections; ethical issues; and questions of definition, description, documentation, interpretation and display.
2 hours per week for 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. Teaching may include lectures, seminars, workshops and fieldtrips
A seminar critique or book review (30%) of 750 words and an essay (70%) of 3,000 words.
Main Assessment In: April/May
This course aims to:
■ develop a critical understanding of museological issues;
■ reflect on multiple theoretical approaches to museums;
■ appreciate the evolving role of museums
■ develop an understanding of how theoretical debates relate to museum practice.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ Identify and evaluate key issues in both historical and contemporary museum practice
■ Evaluate the changing and alternative roles that museums have fulfilled in society
■ Evaluate the impact of national and international contexts on historical and contemporary museum context
■ Apply theoretical knowledge through engagement with contemporary museological debates and identify constructive responses to the practical challenges museology poses
■ Apply theoretical frameworks for analysing museums to their own national contexts
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.