The University of Leicester is a world leader in the field of museum studies. Take this course and you will learn how visitors respond emotionally to museum objects and spaces, and how museums can play a role in the pursuit of social justice, human rights and health and wellbeing.
The course looks at:
- How we can understand museums in the 21st century
- Who makes the decisions about what to put in them and whose stories they tell
- Who museums are for and how/why they are working to engage new audiences
- How we as visitors respond emotionally to museum objects and spaces
- How today's museums can play a role in the pursuit of social justice, human rights, and health and wellbeing
Created by leading academic researchers and museum professionals, this course is a collaboration between our internationally renowned School of Museum Studies and National Museums Liverpool. Each week, you will be taught by a different member of staff, who will bring their own view and understanding of what a modern museum does 'behind the scenes'. You will contribute to the course through a range of discussions and activities.
As with all our MOOCs, there are no entry requirements. Anyone, of any age or experience, anywhere in the world, can sign up for this course. You may want to take this course for general interest, or you can use it as a 'taster' for further academic study. Our School of Museum Studies offers a range of Masters Degrees which can be studied on campus or from home.
How a MOOC works
MOOCs are flexible courses which allow you to participate at your own pace. Once a course has started you can study the week's material at a time that suits you. You do not need to be online at the same time as the other students. There is no requirement to visit Leicester - although you would always be very welcome if you want to come and have a look around campus.
If you want to leave your course at any point you may do so, whether or not it has already begun. You can sign up for the same course when it runs again if you want to have another go at it. There is no limit on the number of MOOCs you can take: if you think you have the time to do several simultaneously, that's fine.