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Museums in Berlin


Admission requirements

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


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. After a few introductory lectures, the student will research his/her own topic.

Course objectives

  • Being able to distinguish the most important types of collections in various museums, archives, monuments, and heritage sites and identify similarities and differences.

  • Practical knowledge of why and in what ways individuals and institutions have collected cultural objects and have established cultural heritage collections.

  • Being familiar with the main objectives of making heritage collections accessible to various audiences in the past centuries.

  • An understanding of various exhibition practices and knowing how to relate these to theoretical concepts in the domain of museum studies.

  • Knowing how to properly document research findings, how to structure a critical essay on museum matters, and how to write a professional essay.

  • (10 eats only: ) Being able to prepare and give a 15 minute presentation of research findings in the domain of museums studies and being capable of taking the lead in debates around the research done.


  • Monday 15-17 hrs (March 30th to May 11th, 2015).

Please note: for the final schedule refer to Collegeroosters / Timetable on the Art History website

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

  • Excursion (10 ects only)

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)
    To be announced.

Assessment method

Assessment and grading method (in percentages):

  • For 5 ects = paper (100%)

  • For 10 ects (for students who join excursion) = paper (70%) and oral presentation (30%).

Compensation: the weighted average mark should be at least 6.0 (rounded at one decimal).
Resit: one resit per insufficient mark.


Blackboard will be used for course information and documents, announcements, weekly readings and assignments.

Reading list

To be announced on Blackboard.


Via uSis.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective Students site of Leiden University
Detailed information on hope to register for specific course can be found at the Study administration website

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Mw. Dr. M.A. (Nana) Leigh