History and Theory of Museums

Required course - open to Museum Studies students only.

Introduction to the social, cultural, and political history of museums. This course focuses on the formation of the modern museum with an emphasis on the U.S. context. Museums of natural history, anthropology, science, technology, history, and art are addressed from a variety of disciplinary approaches that explore the institution and its practices with respect to governance, colonialism, nationalism, class, gender, ethnicity, and community. FreqIntroduction to the social, cultural, and political history of museums. This course focuses on the formation of the modern museum with an emphasis on the U.S. context. Museums of natural history, anthropology, science, technology, history, and art are addressed from a variety of disciplinary approaches that explore the institution and its practices with respect to governance, colonialism, nationalism, class, gender, ethnicity, and community. Frequent visits to New York museums are required, along with weekly writing assignments, and a final paper.

Course Information

MSMS-GA1500

Graduate

4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Fall 2017

1
Marissa Helene Petrou
M: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 194M 208
1
Rosanna N Flouty
W: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 194M 301