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Museum Collections: Ethical Considerations and Practical Applications
ARCP 267
Spring 2022
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ANTH 276

Serving as a broad overview of museology, this course introduces students to the principles underlying the foundations of museum work and collections stewardship. Topics covered will include the origins of museums and collecting, the rationale behind museum policies, and the legal frameworks and professional standards that guide collections management. Ethical considerations surrounding issues such as NAGPRA/repatriation, decolonization, accessibility, looted artifacts, and cultural patrimony will also be covered. Finally, students will explore the practical aspects of preventive conservation, museum documentation, and exhibition development. Although topics covered in this course will apply to a variety of museums, the primary focus will be on cultural heritage collections. Readings and class discussions will be supplemented with hands-on exercises using the Wesleyan University Archaeology & Anthropology Collection.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ARCP
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(ARCP-MN)(ARCP)
Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%

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