The central theme of this course is the collection, presentation, conservation and management of cultural heritage, in the past and in the present day, in a national and international context. The emphasis will be on the development of the museum and on architectural, social and theoretical issues concerning contemporary museums and museum presentations.
Being able to distinguish the most important types of collections in various museums, archives, monuments, and heritage sites and identify similarities and differences.
Knowing why and in what ways individuals and institutions have collected cultural objects and have established heritage collections.
Basic knowledge of the ways in which heritage collections in the course of time have been made accessible to various audiences.
Being able to classify, characterize and analyse heritage collections.
Being able to identify and understand crucial historical and contemporary museum practices and debates.
Being experienced in writing short critical essays on museum matters: e.g. on museum architecture and museum exhibitions.
Mode of instruction
- Lecture series
- Tuesday 15-17 hrs and Friday 13-15 hrs (two times a week!) . Please note: for the final schedule refer to Collegeroosters / Timetable on the Art History website.
Course load summary: 10 ects (280 hrs)
48 hrs: Attending lectures (4 hrs weekly x 12 weeks)
48 hrs: Lecture preparations
50 hrs: Preparing and writing a paper (practical assignment)
90 hrs: Studying the literature (450 pp à 5 pp/hour)
40 hrs: Exam preparation (writing abstracts etc.)
04 hrs: Exams
Written mid-course exam (40% of the grade)
Short practical assignment (20% of the grade)
Written final exam (40% of the grade)
Compensation: the weighted average mark should be at least 6.0 (rounded at one decimal).
Resit: one resit per insufficient mark.
(The exams and assignments may be written in Dutch.)
Blackboard will be used for course information and documents, announcements, weekly readings and assignments.
E. Hooper-Greenhill, Museums and the Interpretation of Visual Culture. London / New York: Routledge, 2000.
Other literature: to be announced.
Registration Studeren à la Carte and Contractonderwijs
Sign up for à la Carte via: www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/onderwijs/alacarte/
Sign up for Contractonderwijs (contract-based education) via: www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/onderwijs/contractonderwijs/