Specialisms

Module code: MU7020

Your specialism will give you an opportunity to develop expertise within a particular area of museum studies, such as the natural environment, heritage, education, global museologies and the digital world. In these specialisms you'll address current and emerging cross-disciplinary themes such as the pervasive influence of digital technologies and sustainable practices in the museum. Each specialism will be delivered through an intensive three-week period of teaching (followed by a reading week) and assessed using a variety of formats that will equip you with a portfolio of achievements.

Topics covered

  • Your digital life (Digital)
  • User centred design (Digital)
  • Gaming the museum (Digital)
  • Design for disability (Digital, Education, Heritage)
  • Creative learning (Education)
  • Participatory pedagogy (Education)
  • Oral histories (Education, Heritage)
  • Museums as spaces of Care (Education)
  • Heritage education (Education, Heritage)
  • Politics of heritage and identity (Heritage)
  • Difficult heritage (Heritage)
  • Emotions (Heritage)
  • Museums and the Anthropocene (Green)
  • Museums, climate change, biodiversity and pollution (Green)
  • Green Museums (Green)
  • Sustainable practices (Green)
  • Indigenous and Feminist approaches (Global) 
  • Postcolonialism (Global) 
  • Southeast Asian museology (Global)
  • Politics and local museology in South Africa (Global)

Learning

  • 10 hours of lectures
  • 5 hours of seminars
  • 15 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 20 hours of supervised time in lab/studio/workshop
  • 84 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Essay, 2,000 words (100%)