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: Outdoor Museums and Museums in Historical Sites

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

Course Type:          Compulsory                                                   Elective   

Hours/week: 2     theoretical:  1     practical:  2

Credit Hours: 2

2. Course Aims

This course aims to:

·       Define the identity of a museum and the site in which it is located

·       Identify existing points of convergence between the historic site and the museum

·       Understanding of the historical context and the importance of contextualizing the site and the museum

·       awareness of safeguarding the real estate and archaeological heritage

·       Involvement of local populations in the valorization of a historic / archaeological site.

3. Intended Learning Outcomes

a. Knowledge and Understanding

After the course, students should be able to know:

Knowledge of existing Egyptian museums within archaeological/historical sites.

Develop a positive critical thinking in the face of existing situations.

Knowing the relation between the site and the museum contents which are exhibited in.

b. Intellectual Skills

After the course, students should be aware of:

Ability to analyze the needs of a museum/ an historical site from an estate point of view.

Questioning of an existing museum in this kind of framework.

Prioritize operations.

Creating a professional network

c. Professional Skills

Ability to analyze the needs of a museum / an historical site and to create a strategy.

Prioritize operations.

d. General & Transferable skills

Questioning of a strategy and create a new one.

    Prioritize operations.

Creating a professional network

4. Course Contents

Topics covered by this course include:

practical cases of museums (Egyptian and non-Egyptian), identification of the existing strategies, theorical creation of a museum within an historical site, meetings with local populations to identify their needs/interest

5. Teaching and Learning Methods

The following techniques are usually used:

1- Presentation of a museum

2- How is the museum integratedwithin the historical site ?

3- Usefull?

4- Discussion.

5- Are some strategies transferable to other museums ?

6- Connecting students with different sources of information

7 – Visits of Egyptian Museums withinhistorical sites (Textile Museum Cairo, Coptic Museum Cairo, Karnak Open Museum, Kom El-Dikka open museum…)

Self-Learning activities : Présentation of a practical case and discussion about it

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.

6

10%

Presentation by the students.

9

15%

Presentation by the students.

12

15%

 

 

 

Final Exam

15

60%

8. List of References

  1.  Core readings:

Kenneth Hudson, Museums of Influence, Cambridge University press, 1987.

-Scott, Magelssen, Living History Museums: undoing History Through Performance, Scarecrow Press, 2007.

  1. Suggested readings:

 

  1.  Periodicals, websites, etc.

9. Course Matrix for Achievement of Intended Learning Outcomes

Topic

week

Knowledge & Understanding

Intellectual Skills

Professional Skills

General & Transferable Skills

Terms and  Definitions of outdoor museums

1

x

 

 

x

The difference between a closed Museum and a museum in Historical Site

2

x

 

 

x

What kinds of exhibitions should it contain?

3

x

 

 

x

The mission of outdoor museums

4

x

 

 

x

Practical cases of museums in Egypt

5

x

 

x

x

Presentations by the students

6

 

x

x

x

Practical cases of museums in Egypt

7

 

x

x

x

practical cases of  non-Egyptian museums

8

 

x

x

x

Presentations by the students

9

x

x

x

x

Theorical creation of a museum within an historical site

10

x

 

 

x

Meetings with local populations to identify their needs/interest

11

 

x

x

x

Presentations by the students

12

 

x

x

 

Meetings with local populations to identify their needs/interest

13

 

x

x

 

General Discussion.

14

 

x

x

x

Final Exam

15