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2002/03 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

Interpreting Cultures
20 credits

Taught Semester 1,

Year running 2002/03

Pre-requisites None

Co-requisites None

This module is available as an elective

On completion of this module, students should have a critical understanding of the issues surrounding curatorship, museology and museum management, including cultural diversity within the museum.

This module aims to introduce students to the central questions of curatorship, museology and museum management. Contemporary theory, through the writings of Foucault, Barthes, Bourdieu, Baudrillard, Belk, Derrida amongst others will form a foundation for our consideration of twentieth-century museum practice. The course aims also to introduce students to museological thought through a close reading of texts such as Hooper-Greenhill, Pierce, Elsner and Cardinal and Maleuvre. We will examine the methods and ideas behind the collection, interpretation and display of objects. The representation of cultural diversity within the museum will be a key consideration. Museum architecture and the theories of museum space will also be explored. The course will include a number of visits and outside speakers in order to enable the students to understand museum practice today.

Form of teaching
Seminars: 9 x 3 hours; Visits: 2 x 3 hours

Form of assessment
1 x 4000-6000 word essay

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