History and Art History

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ARTH 394: The Museum

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Section Information from the Schedule of Classes for Summer 2012

ARTH 394-C01:
The Museum  —  Lawrence E. Butler

12:00 PM to 02:15 PM MTWR —  Research Hall 201

This course will be an introduction to the history and practices of art museums, taking advantage of the superb museums in Washington, DC. Through our readings, discussions and visits, we will learn about museum history, operations, careers, ethical issues and current controversies. Readings will also introduce issues of cultural representation as expressed through museum exhibitions. The course will end with a consideration of international law regarding collecting, UNESCO’s World Heritage program, and cultural property management worldwide. During the course, class members will be required to get themselves to a selected group of local museums, galleries or exhibits four times, following assigned weekend itineraries. This class fulfills a requirement for the Art History major, and fulfils the University General Education requirement for a synthesis course. Please note that as a synthesis course, it does not fulfill the University General Education requirement for Arts.

Satisfies the general education requirement in synthesis.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Examines history, theory, practice, ethics, and current problems of collecting and displaying art and artifacts to the public. Emphasizes issues central to museums in Washington, D.C., or museums in other locations; focus varies with instructor.

Satisfies General Education requirement for synthesis..

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