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Syllabus The European Museum: History Identity and Knowledge - 54624

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Last update 24-03-2022
HU Credits: 1

Degree/Cycle: 2nd degree (Master)

Responsible Department: European Studies

Semester: 2nd Semester

Teaching Languages: English

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Prof Dirk Rupnow

Coordinator Email:

Coordinator Office Hours:

Teaching Staff:
Prof Dirk Rupnow

Course/Module description:
Teaching students the most important aspects of the history of museums (especially in the context of European nationalism and the global history of colonialism) and the process of musealization; analyzing specific examples and different forms (e.g. memorials; discussing recent trends, dynamics, and current challenges (e.g. migration as a topic for museums, decolonizing museums)

Course/Module aims:

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
understand the institution museum, its historical developments and social/political functions; understand the concept of musealization and its implications; understand the role of museums in modern societies (identity, politics of history, cultures of remembrance); know how to analyze museums and their exhibitions; discuss current challenges to museums and curatorial work

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction:

Course/Module Content:
Detailed schedule to be published in due time

Required Reading:
Krzysztof Pomian: Collectors and curiosities. Paris and Venice, 1500-1800 (1990)
Tony Bennett: The Birth of the Museum. History, Theory, Politics (1995)
Felwine Sarr / Bénédicte Savoy: The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage. Toward a New Relational Ethics (2018)

Additional Reading Material:
Sharon MacDonald (ed.): A Companion to Museum Studies (2011)
James E. Young: The Texture of Memory. Holocaust Memorials and Meaning (1993)

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 50 %
Presentation 30 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 0 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 20 %
Participation in class

Additional information:
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
For further information, please visit the site of the Dean of Students Office.