Museum Collections: Ethical Considerations and Practical Applications|
Spring 2019 not offered
Serving as a broad overview to the practice of museology, this course introduces students to theories supporting the foundation of museums and the stewardship efforts found within collections. Topics covered will include the origins of museums and collecting, and philosophies behind historic and current museum policies. Ethical considerations surrounding highly publicized issues such as looted artifacts, repatriation, and cultural patrimony will also be covered. Finally, students will explore the practical aspects of creating and sustaining collections, preservation of objects, and interpretation and exhibition development. Although topics covered in this course will apply to a variety of museums, the general focus will be on anthropology and archaeology collections. Readings and class discussions will be supplemented with hands-on activities using the Wesleyan University archaeology and anthropology collections.
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Anderson, Gail, REINVENTING THE MUSEUM: THE EVOLVING CONVERSATION AND THE PARADIGM SHIFT
Malaro, Marie, A LEGAL PRIMER ON MANAGING MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
Additional journal articles, book chapters, and other media will also be utilized.
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Assignments will include short reaction papers, a final research paper and presentation, and collaborative exhibition development; additional Moodle participation and homework assignments may be expected.
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