Activist Practice: Methods of Empowerment

Module code: MU7563

Museums increasing commitment to communities, audiences, and social purposes has led to rapidly changing approaches to practice and new perspectives on what the core work of cultural organisations should be. This module helps you develop a deeper understanding of these approaches and the unique contributions of museums and galleries to movements for positive social change.  

It will support you to develop your set of approaches and tools in museum and gallery settings in ways that are meaningful, purposeful, and relevant to individuals and groups within society. It recognises the challenges of advocating for social justice and building solidarity with stakeholders, and will enhance your skills in leading and shaping new practice and programming. 

Overall, this module explores new meanings of museum and gallery methods and practice in the context of socially purposeful museums and galleries. It provides you with an opportunity to think deeply about collaborative and participatory approaches and situates socially engaged practices within diverse global contexts.

Topics covered

  • Museums and galleries as sites for activism
  • Collaborative and participatory practices
  • Structural inequalities and barriers to participation
  • Working with communities
  • International approaches to socially engaged practice
  • Solidarity