A completed Bachelor first year (Propedeuse) preferably in an Art History related discipline.
The museum landscape of Berlin is in flux – and has so ever since the establishment of the famous Museum Island. In this compact course a variety of museums in Berlin will be studied from a museological point of view. Both the history as well as contemporary issues concerning these museums will be the topic of this course. We will look at the way Berlin – as a city – has dealt with its past (World War II and the “divided” period 1946-1989) in museological representations, and in the construction of heritage sites. After a few introductory lectures, the student will research his/her own topic.
Students learn to distinguish the most important types of collections in various museums, archives, monuments, and heritage sites and identify similarities and differences.
Students become familiar with the main objectives of making heritage collections accessible to various audiences in the past centuries.
Students develop an understanding of various exhibition practices and knowing how to relate these to theoretical concepts in the domain of museum studies.
Students learn how to properly document research findings, how to structure a critical essay on museum matters, and how to write a professional essay.
(10 ects only: ) Students learn to prepare and give a 15 minute presentation of research findings in the domain of museums studies at a Berlin museum site and being capable of taking the lead in debates around the research done.
Please note: for the final schedule refer to Collegeroosters / Timetable on the Art History website
Mode of instruction
Excursion (10 ects only)
Important: attendance in seminar sessions is mandatory! In case of no-show, the tutor should be informed about your absence prior to the actual seminar session. Moreover this course cannot be successfully completed by students that were absent more than twice. Only in exceptional cases, the Examination Committee may consider the possibility of an additional or substitute assignment. See also the Course and Examination Regulations
Course load summary: 5 ects (140 hrs)
10 hrs: Attending lectures (2 hrs weekly x 5 weeks)
10 hrs: Lecture preparations
80 hrs: Studying the literature (400 pp à 5 pp/hour)
40 hrs: Preparing and writing a paper (practical assignment)
Course load summary: 10 ects (280 hrs)
A four day excursion to Berlin is part of the 10 credits variant, as is writing a separate, second paper of 3000 words, comparing a specific Berlin museum / collection to a Dutch one.
Assessment and grading method (in percentages):
For 5 ects = paper (90%) and class participation (10%)
For 10 ects (for students who join excursion) = papers (70%) oral presentation (20%) and class participation (10%).
Compensation: The weighted average of the (constituent) examinations must be at least 6.0 (= a pass). The mark for the final examination (or the main assignment) must be at least 6.0 at (= a pass). The mark for all other constituent examinations must be at least 6.0 (= a pass). However, it is possible to compensate for one constituent examination a 5.0 (but not a mark lower than 5.0) with the grade of another constituent examination which has the same weight in the average as the constituent examination it compensates.
Resit: A resit/ rewrite can be done for constituent examinations which are failed. As far as applicable all resits/ rewrites take place at the same time, after the final (constituent) examination.
Exam review: How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organised.
Blackboard will be used for course information and documents, announcements, weekly readings and assignments.
To be announced on Blackboard.
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