Postgraduate taught 

Museum Studies: Collecting & Collections MSc

Cultures of Collecting - Collecting Cultures HISTART5123

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will introduce students to aspects of the histories of collecting art and artefacts as a global phenomenon in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. It is designed to provide students with an historical framework which looks at the interplay of 'demand' and 'source' countries in the formation of collections and the extension of knowledge.

Timetable

10 x 2 hour sessions: one lecture, one seminar per week

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level. 

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Coursework:

One 3-4000 word Essay (70%)

One 15 minute Oral presentation (30%)

Course Aims

This Course aims to:

■ Examine the complexities involved in the collecting of artefacts as a global activity during the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries;

■ Examine the key developments and mechanisms which enabled the formation of private and public collections, primarily in the West;

■ Provide a context for the Programme as a whole through the examination of a number of key events and collectors and related case studies.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Recognise the drivers and mechanisms that governed the collecting of art and artefacts as a global phenomenon during the periods covered by engaging critically with relevant sources;

■ Identify and characterise the way in which social and economic changes in 'demand' and 'source' countries created opportunities and a market for goods;

■ Apply and evaluate a range of theoretical and conceptual approaches to the history of collecting;

■ Analyse and reflect upon the visual and textual evidence studied to construct reasoned arguments in both oral and written form.

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.