FT 552 — Museum Theory and Practices

3 credits; 3 lecture hours

Explores the role of museums and examines workplace issues particular to these institutions. Through class discussions and presentations by senior museum professionals (including administrators, curators, educators, and editors), students expand their knowledge of how museums function. Topics to be considered include the leadership role of museums in the history of style and taste; how museums collect, conserve, and interpret objects; public expectations of museums today; and trends that influence professional thinking and practice. Students also examine the use of modern technology in collections management and exhibition planning.