History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ARTH 394: The Museum

ARTH 394-C01: The Museum
(Summer 2012)

12:00 PM to 02:15 PM MTWR

Research Hall 201

Section Information for Summer 2012

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Recommended Prerequisite: 6 credits in art history at the 300-level and completion or concurrent enrollment in ENGH 302.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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