Postgraduate taught 

Museum Studies MSc

Introduction to Museology INFOSTUD5015

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

Short Description

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.

Timetable

2 hours per week for 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. Teaching may include lectures, seminars, workshops and fieldtrips

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

A seminar critique or book review (30%) of 750 words and an essay (70%) of 3,000 words.

Course Aims

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 contexts

■ 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.