This module explores and critically analyses the historical, political and ethical factors which influence contemporary museum practice. It investigates topics such as the origins of museums, collecting histories, social justice, repatriation, hidden voices, and the role of different audiences in curation. Case studies and museological theory are used to debate the role of museums in modern society. Students take part in lectures, seminars and museum visits and work is assessed through two coursework essays and a presentation. Aims: Museums are shaped by wide-ranging historical, ethical and political influences. This module explores the historical and political context of museum development in the UK. It also examines some of the central ethical debates within the wider museums sector and discusses the function that museums serve in contemporary society.

Term(s) offered: Spring term module; 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Credit: 3.0
General Education: [None]