University: University of Alexandria

Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Department: Department of Greek and Roman Archaeology and Studies, Museum Studies Program, Professional Diploma

Course Description

1. Basic Information

Course code:

Course Title: Museums and Collections in Egypt

Academic Program: Museum Studies Program, Professional Diploma in Museum Studies

Course Type:          Compulsory                                                    Elective

Hours/week: 3     theoretical:  2      practical:  2

Credit Hours: 3

2. Course Aims

This course aims to:

  1. Egyptian Permanent Collections and Temporary Exhibitions  
    1. Reception of the Heritage (Pharaonic, Graeco-roman, Coptic, and Islamic)
    2. Egyptian Collections abroad
    3. Museum Collections in Egypt
    4. Some Temporary Exhibitions abroad
  2. Managing Egyptian Collections             
    1. Documentation of Artefacts' Collections
    2. Handling of Collections in Storage
    3. Care and Handling of Manuscripts
    4. Security at museums
    5. Risk management of disaster for museums
  3. Museum Education      
    1. Museum Education: General concepts
    2. Heliopolis Children Museum and Children Museum at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
    3. Series of short films

3. Intended Learning Outcomes

a.      a. Knowledge and Understanding

Some knowledge of the general history of museums would be an advantage.

Egyptian Antiquities collections in and outside Egypt

The role of Egyptian Ethnology Museums and University Museums in Egypt

b. Intellectual Skills

·       How do museums in Egypt represent the long and glorious history of Egypt in a way to gain appreiacion by visitors.

c.Professional Skills

The Role and Functions of Museums

Operating a Museum

Museum Policies

Strategic planning for museums

The role of International Organizations of Museums

a.     General & Transferable skills

·       Museum between the state and the market

4. Course Contents

Topics covered by this course include:

Presentation to the main Egyptian archeological collections outside Egypt (e.g. British Museum, Louvre Museum, Turin Museum, and so on)

Introduction to the main Egyptian Museums under the Authority of Ministry of Antiquities, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Transportation, University Museums, Ethnographic Museums, Fine Arts Museums, Geological Museum, Agriculture Museum…

Egyptian collections of Rare Books (e.g. Library of the Geographical Institute, of the Agricultural Museum, Bibliotheca Alexandrina)

5. Teaching and Learning Methods

·       Encounters between different positions (pluralist selection of texts, teacher’s standpoint, and contributions from students. Theoretical issues are given flesh by means of different case studies.

6. Teaching and Learning Methods for Students of Limited Capabilities

Distance-learning through videoconferencing.

7. Students Assessment

a.     Assessment methods

Oral presentation of a case study to the class and oral examination (open question prepared by the Student)

b.     Assessment schedule and weight

Assessment

week

% of total mark

Presentations by the students

7

10%

Quiz

11

10%

Final report for a case

14

20%

Final Exam

15

60%

8.      List of References

a.      Core readings:

-Hurt, R., Douglas, "Agricultural Museums: A New Frontier for the Social Sciences". The History Teacher, 11, 3, 367-375.

-F. A. Hassan and others, Managing Egypt's Cultural Heritage, -Okasha El-Daly, Egyptology: The Missing Millennium, Ancient Egypt in Mediaval Arabic Writings,

-Museum No 225-226 (Vol LVII, n° 1, 2 2005) Heritage landscape of Egypt.

b.      Suggested readings:

J. Cuno, Who owns Antiquities – Museums and the Battle over our ancient Heritage, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2008.

St. Moser, Wondrous Curiosities – Ancient Egypt at the British Museum, Chicago-London, The University of Chicago Press, 2006

D. Reid, Whose Pharaohs? – Archaeology, Museums, and Egyptian National Identity from Napoleon to World War I, Berkeley- Los Angeles – London, University of California Press, 2002

c.      Periodicals, websites, etc.

·        Running a Museum : a practical Handbook (ICOM 2004)
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0014/001410/141067e.pdf

·        ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums  (ICOM 2006)
http://icom.museum/fileadmin/user_upload/pdf/Codes/code_ethics2013_eng.pdf

·        Key concepts of Museology (ICOM / Armand Colin 2010)
http://icom.museum/uploads/tx_hpoindexbdd/Museologie_Anglais_BD.pdf

·        World Heritage Information Kit (UNESCO 2005)
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0013/001390/139052e.pdf

·       UNESCO online publication database
(search for keywords such as "Cultural Heritage Protection" or "Museum Management Handbook")
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/resources/publications/unesdoc-database/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfBKnRlAdTs     

 

·       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gFuEvTTjQY

     A tour of a tourist guide

9.      Course Matrix for Achievement of Intended Learning Outcomes

Topic

week

Knowledge & Understanding

Intellectual Skills

Professional Skills

General & Transferable Skills

The main Egyptian archeological collections outside Egypt

1

x

 

 

 

The main Egyptian archeological collections outside Egypt 2

2

x

 

 

 

Permanent Egyptian Exhibitions

3

x

x

 

 

Temporary Exhibitions abroad

4

 

 

 

x

Managing Egyptian Collections

5

 

 

x

x

Museum Education

6

 

 

x

x

Presentations by the students

7

 

 

x

x

Introduction to the main Egyptian Museums under the Authority of Ministry of Antiquities Museums of Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Transportation.

8

x

 

 

 

University Museums Ethnographic Museums, Fine Arts Museums

9

x

 

 

 

Geological Museum, Agriculture Museum

10

x

 

 

 

Quiz

11

 

 

 

 

Egyptian collections of Rare Books (e.g. Library of the Geographical Institute)

12

 

x

 

x

Egyptian collections of Rare Books of the Agricultural Museum and Bibliotheca Alexandrina

13

 

x

 

x

Final report for a case study

14

 

x

 

 

Final Exam

15