The 21st Century Museum (EAS3245)
|Staff||Professor Gabriella Giannachi - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks;|
This module aims to introduce you to the 21st century museum to foster a theoretical and practical understanding of a range of emergent museological practices. Through a combination of in-class discussion, readings, and lectures, as well as first-hand engagement with digital materials and social media, you will develop an understanding of this important and burgeoning field. Viewings and associated readings will exercise your ability to engage in sophisticated analyses and enable you to think about how ideas and concepts relate to and are framed by material practices.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Interpret recent developments in museum practice in relation to theory drawn from relevant texts.
- 2. Critically evaluate the dominant concepts, methods and debates informing recent developments in museum practice.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Demonstrate an ability to interrelate texts, artworks, heritage, and discourses specific to a range of disciplines with issues in the wider context of museum practice
- 4. Demonstrate an ability to understand and analyse theoretical ideas, and to apply these ideas to contexts where they may be encountered in practice.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 5. Through essay writing, demonstrate a basic capacity to construct a coherent, substantiated argument, and a capacity to write clear and correct prose.
- 6. Through research for the essay, demonstrate basic proficiency in research and bibliographical skills, information retrieval, analysis and sharing.
The module will consist of a series of lectures and seminars, including first-hand engagement with works of art, heritage and museological practices.
- Introduction to the course: the pre-history of the 21 the century museum
- Section 1: The interactive, participatory and augmented museum
- Section 2: The museum on the web and the distributed museum
- Section 3: The turn to performance, the gameful and personalized museum
- Conclusion to the course: learning, preservation and curation in the future museum
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching||11||Lectures|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching||22||Seminars - these will be led by the tutor. You will need to prepare to participate in the seminars|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching||2||Tutorial guidance for reading, research and essay preparation|
|Guided Independent Study||33||Self-directed seminar participation preparation with tutorial guidance|
|Guided Independent Study||232||Reading, research and assessment preparation|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Critical analysis||500 words||1-6||Feedback sheet|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||90||1 x 2500 word essay, 1 x 3000 word||1-6||Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up|
|Module participation||10||Continuous||1-4||Final mark|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Module participation||Repeat Study/Mitigation||1-4||N/a|
Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.
Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
- Bishop, C. (2006) Participation, London: Whitechapel and MIT Press.
- Frieling, R. et al (2009) The Art of Participation, London and New York, and San Francisco: Thames and Hudson and SFMOMA.
- Giannachi, G. (2016) Archive Everything: Mapping the Everyday, Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press.
- Graham, B. and Cook, S. (2010) Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media, Cambridge, MA:
- MIT Press.
- Parry, R. (2007) Re-coding the Museum: Digital Heritage and the Technologies of Change, London and New York: Routledge.
- Parry, R. (2010) Museums in a Digital Age, London: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
- Simon, N. (2010) The Participatory Museum, Santa Cruz: Museum 2.0. http://www.participatorymuseum.org/
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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
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Key words search
Interactive Museum; Digital Humanities; Art History; Visual Culture; Participatory Museum; Gameful design; Virtual and Mixed Reality; Environmental museum; Digital Curation; Performance; Globalisation; Community