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Museums in Berlin (Excursion seminar)


Admission requirements

A completed Bachelor first year (Propedeuse) preferably in an Art History related discipline.


The museum landscape of Berlin is in flux – and has been so ever since the establishment of the famous Museum Island in the 19th-century. In this compact course a variety of museums in Berlin will be studied from a museological point of view. Both their 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 and memorial sites. After a few introductory lectures, the student will research his/her own topic.

Course objectives

  • 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.

  • Students develop an understanding of various exhibition practices and will learn how to relate these to theoretical concepts in the domain of museum and memorial studies.

  • Students learn how to properly document research findings, how to structure a critical essay on museum matters, and how to write an academic 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

  • Seminar

  • 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

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) —-
140 hrs

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 method

Assessment and grading method (in percentages):

  • For 5 ects = paper (100%)

  • For 10 ects (for students who join excursion) = papers (80%) and oral presentation (20%).

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 (= a pass). The mark for all other constituent examinations must be at least 6.0 (= a pass). However, it is possible to compensate one failed constituent examination (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.

Inspection and feedback: 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.

Reading list

To be announced on Blackboard.


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Dr. M. (Marika) Keblusek