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Museums, Cultural Heritage and Collections


Admission requirements

Same as admission requirements for the BA Art History.


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 historical development of the museum and on architectural, social and theoretical issues concerning contemporary museums, museums presentations and cultural heritage.

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 learn to know why and in what ways individuals and institutions have collected cultural objects and have established heritage collections.

  • Students acquire basic knowledge of the ways in which heritage collections in the course of time have been made accessible to, and have been used by various audiences.

  • Students learn to classify, characterize and analyse heritage collections.

  • Students learn to identify and understand crucial historical and contemporary museum practices and debates.


Please note: for the final schedule refer to Collegeroosters / Timetable BA Art History and AMS

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture series

Course Load

Course load summary: 5 ects (140 hrs)

  • 24 hrs: Attending lectures (4 hrs weekly x 6 weeks)

  • 24 hrs: Lecture preparations

  • 25 hrs: Practical assignment

  • 45 hrs: Studying literature (225 pp à 5 pp/hr)

  • 18 hrs: Exam preparations (writing abstracts etc)

  • 04 hrs: Exams —-
    140 hrs

Assessment method

  • Mid term exam (written): 40% of Final Grade.
    Final exam (written): 60% of Final Grade. (The Final Exam consits of two parts: a practical assignment (take-home) of 20% and a written test of 40%.)

Compensation: The weighted average of the (constituent) examinations must be at least 6.0 (= a pass).

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 have to be organized.


Blackboard will be used to make course materials accessible.

Reading list

E. Hooper-Greenhill, Museums and the Interpretation of Visual Culture. London / New York: Routledge, 2005.

Other literature will be made available electronically, to be announced.


Via uSis.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Registration Studeren à la Carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte
Registration Contractonderwijs


Mw Dr. M. (Marika) Keblusek

Or send an e-mail to the study coordinator of the BA Art History / Arts, Media and Society