University: University of Alexandria

Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Department: Department of Greek and Roman Archaeology and Studies, Museum Studies Program, MA

Course Description

 

                                                                                  1. Basic Information

Course code:

Course Title: Museum and Society

Academic Program: Museum Studies Program, MA 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)     To encourage students in both arts and sciences to explore questions central to the humanities through an investigation of material culture and the institutions that collect, preserve, interpret, and publicly display it.

2)     The program will provide an innovative forum to connect that academic work directly to the activities of museums, broadly defined to include art, history, natural history, and science museums as well as zoos, botanic gardens, aquariums, and heritage sites.

3)     Students may earn a minor in museums and society, intended to complement their major field of study, or may take courses out of general interest.

4)     The program’s overarching goals are to promote museum literacy, or the skills necessary to be critical interpreters of these influential institutions.

5)     It will encourage students to reflect on their major field of study in new ways; and to enable them to be active, informed members of the broader cultural community now and throughout their lives.

6)     The program will offer a broad spectrum of introductory courses and advanced seminars that explore the myriad ways museums and collections “signify” in both the past and the present—as statements of political aspiration, ethnic consolidation, historical interpretation, cultural value, and so forth. Historical, critical, and theoretical studies are enhanced with courses that engage students directly with artifacts.

                                                                    3. Intended Learning Outcomes

a. Knowledge and Understanding

After the course, students should be able to know:

·        Develop a rich understanding of a range of museum types and the issues and ideas that inform their activities in both the past and present

·       Build their knowledge of the social contexts surrounding the collection, preservation, circulation, and consumption of material culture, including the ways in which things accrue and/or change meaning over time as part of new contexts and collections

b. Intellectual Skills

After the course, students should be aware of:

·       Acquire the skills necessary to be critical interpreters of museums as institutions that both shape and are shaped by the societies and events of which they are a part

c. Professional Skills

·        Learn how to locate and evaluate a wide range of primary source types, with special attention paid to those of particular relevance to the history, practice, and reception of museums and heritage sites including but not limited to criticism, visual display, and the taxonomies of collections

·       Develop skills in interdisciplinary research, learning how to find and read critical scholarship on museums and material culture in a wide range of fields.

d. General & Transferable skills

After this course, students should be able to:

·        Learn how to mobilize objects and collections to understand, interpret, and present culture, the past, and/or science

·        Develop competence working with primary material sources, including visual analysis, technical examination, and archival research

·       Gain experience in collaborative work done under professional conditions, with a public purpose and to a deadline

                                                                                    4. Course Contents

Topics covered by this course include:

Museums and  Society  deals with the cultural, political, and economic impacts of museums on contemporary society. It includes  issues related to  the current social roles of museums, role of museums in a changing world from colonial to post-colonial, changing social structures, inequalities, the relationships between museums and  "collective" memory, links between museums and their neighborhoods and local communities,  involvement of museums in social and economic development, impact of museums on  conceptualization of heritage, constructions of meanings and significance of historical remains, assignment of social values, commemoration of social events, role of reconciliation in reconciliation and healing and social transformations.

The course will deal also with Genres of Museums. And Activities & Aticrafts.

And to highlight the main Role of Museum in different societies.Conveying the museum’s mission.

                                                                5. Teaching and Learning Methods

·        Presentations with Power Point.

·        Videos

·        Museum visits

·        Activities

·        Researches

·       Field trips and museum visits

                6. Teaching and Learning Methods for Students of Limited Capabilities

-        Lectures

-        Analyzing case studies

-        5-10 m. revision of previous topics in the beginning of each lecture.

-        Discussions.

                                                                              7. Students Assessment

a. Assessment methods

-        Power Point Presentations.

-        Writing reports on a given era.

-        Quizzes

-        Written exam

b. Assessment schedule and weight

Assessment

week

% of total mark

Presentation by the students about how to apply international codes of ethics on one of the runningmuseums in Alexandria.

5

15%

Report a visit to the Educational Museum of Antiquities of AU, including the student’s own suggestions towards developing its ethical principles.

8

15%

Quiz

10

10%

 

 

 

Final Exam

15

60%

                                                                                  8. List of References

a. Core readings:

Emmanuel N. Arinze , The Role of the Museum in Society , Public lecture at the National Museum, Georgetown, Guyana , 1999.

American Association of Museums. 2002. Mastering Civic Engagement: A Challenge to Museums. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums.

Bransford, J. D., A. L. Brown, and R. R. Cocking. 1999. How People Learn. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Dewey, J. 1916/1944. Democracy and Education. New York: McMillan.

Goode, G. B. 1888/1991. Museum history and museums of history. In The Origins of Natural Science in America, S. Kohlstedt, ed. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Press.

Rennie, L. J. and D. J. Johnson. 2004. The nature of learning and its implications for research on learning from museums. Science Education 88: S4–S16.

Sullivan, L. E. and A. Edwards, eds. 2004. Stewards of the Sacred. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums.

b. Suggested readings:

Hein, G. E. 1998. Learning in the Museum. London: Routledge.

Hooper-Greenhill, E. 1999. The Educational Role of the Museum, Second Edition. London: Routledge.

c. Periodicals, websites, etc.

http://krieger.jhu.edu/museums-society.com

                      9. Course Matrix for Achievement of Intended Learning Outcomes

Topic

week

Knowledge & Understanding

Intellectual Skills

Professional Skills

General & Transferable Skills

Genres of Museums

1

x

 

 

x

Sociology and Social Aspects of Museums

2

x

 

 

x

Museums and Community

3

x

 

 

x

Insights versus Entertainment

4

x

 

 

x

Living in a Learning Society

5

x

 

x

xx

Interactivity- Thinking Beyond

6

 

x

x

x

Role of Museum in different societies.

Traditional role of museums in the society (collecting, preserving, storing).

7

 

x

x

x

Museums as partners for research and health care

8

 

x

x

x

Society inclusion of ethnic, religious and social minorities

9

x

x

 

x

Presentations of the students

10

 

 

x

x

Society inclusion: Internships and volunteers

11

 

x

x

x

Community engagement strategies

12

 

x

x

x

Final report and case study results

13

x

x

x

 

Visitors’ studies principles and usage

14

 

x

x

x

Final Exam

15