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ARTH 202W Introduction to Museum Studies (4)

This course is designed to introduce students to the museum as a distinctive, cultural institution, arising in the late 18th and early 19th century, which produces, organizes, and structures knowledge, and thereby shapes the ways we understand art and material culture, historical narratives, cultural differences, social hierarchies, and individual identities. The course will cover the origins, history and typology of museums and related institutions around the world; the mission and organization of different kinds of museums; selected theories and methodologies of museology, and selected rhetorical and ethical issues related to accessibility, authenticity, censorship, racism, colonialism, repatriation, nationalism, multiculturalism, diversity, and technology. The course will include several field trips, hands-on activities, and a final exhibition project.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered; Arts & Humanities; World Engagement: CV
  • Offering: Alternate Years
  • Instructor: Nicgorski

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