Museums and Cultures

Museums and Cultures
Museums in society. Cultural foundations of museum content and sociology of museum use. Analyzing museum studies literature. Visits to and critiques of area museums. Final projects in real museums in the region.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 TaughtFall Contact Department
 ProgramsContaining ANTHR 511
Course Outcomes

Introduction to Roles of Museums as Cultural Entities

To introduce students to the unique and important roles that differing types of museums play in world cultures as well as how diverse cultures view museums and collective memory.

Hands-On Learning Experiences with Museum Methodologies

Students will be provided hands-on, real-life experiences with museum collections related to the issues and methodologies introduced by the course.

Hands-on Experiences in Research, Analysis, Writing

Students will have hands-on experiences in research, analysis, and writing related to the anthropology of museums both nationally and internationally.

Introduction to Major Museum Fields and Careers

Students will be introduced to the major museum fields, their sub-fields,and their professional assumptions and opportunities, thus also helping students identify their own career interests in, and aptitudes for, the various museum disciplines.

Team Work Approach

Student projects will introduce students to the team approach to museum work. Assignments will assist students in learning how to give professional and persuasive presentations of their written research in group settings.

Student Work with Museum Professionals

Students will be provided opportunities to work closely with professionals in the field and visit diverse museum types thus expanding their knowledge of the museum profession and practices.

Counseling in Museum Fields Provided to Students

Students will be provided individual counseling in how to prepare for a career in the museum fields.