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BA3 Seminar: The Museum Landscape


Admission requirements

  • All first year courses of Arts, Media and Society successfully completed

  • Two successfully completed BA2 Seminars


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. At the spot where once the famous Berlin Palace stood, and where later the Palace of the Republic was established under socialist rule, in December 2019 “a Palace for all” will be opened. This Humboldt Forum is a striking example of the ongoing changes in the museum and heritage landscape of Berlin.

In this seminar we will look in particular at the way Berlin – as a city – has dealt with its past (World War II and the GDR, the “divided” period 1946-1989) in museological representations, and in the construction of heritage and memorial sites. A variety of museums, documentation centres and memorial sites will be studied from a museological and cultural historical perspective. Both their history as well as contemporary issues concerning these museums will be the topic of this course. After several introductory lectures, the student will research his/her own topic.

Course objectives

  • Students learn to: independently research an art historical / museological topic; critically review the relevant scholarly literature and primary sources; present research results both in a presentation (15 mins) and a written report (c. 5000 words).

  • Students get acquainted with concepts important in museum studies, memory studies and cultural studies regarding museums, heritage and memorial sites.

  • Students learn to select a topic and / or object related to the historical or contemporary museum landscape of Berlin.

  • Students acquire demonstrable skills in formulating a research question and putting together a relevant bibliography.


The timetable is available on the Art History website

Mode of instruction

Choose from:

  • Seminar

  • Study of compulsory literature

  • Research

Course Load

Total course load: 280 hours (10 EC)

  • Lectures: 26 hrs

  • Study of compulsory literature: 100 hrs

  • Assignment(s): 80

  • Exam(s): 70 hrs

  • Other components: 4 hrs

    Assessment method

  • Attendance of seminars, preparation of readings and taking part in discussions is compulsory

  • Oral presentation (20 %)

  • Paper of 3000 words, excl. footnotes and bibliography (80 %)

Re-sit: only possible for the paper

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 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.

Re-sit: A resit/ rewrite can be done for constituent examinations which are failed. As far as applicable all resit/ rewrite examinations 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 organized.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • announcements

  • readings

  • assignments

Reading list

To be announced.
Literature might be made available through Blackboard.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Dr. M. Keblusek Coordinator of Studies Arts, Media and Society