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Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum

University of Leicester via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Subject Visual Arts
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Finished
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 2 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 6 weeks long

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Overview

Explore the role of museums in today’s world

How can we understand museums today? Who are museums for? How do we respond emotionally to museum objects and spaces? And how can museums play a role in the pursuit of social justice, human rights, or health and wellbeing?

On this course you will explore these questions through a range of inspirational case studies and thought-provoking ideas. Discover how modern museums seek to impact our contemporary world, learning with National Museums Liverpool, one of the UK’s leading museum services, and the University of Leicester, pioneers of museum studies for over 50 years.

This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in museums. You might be a current or prospective student, who wants to find out more about training in museum studies; a museum volunteer; or a museum practitioner. No prior knowledge or equipment is required.

Taught by

Suzanne MacLeod

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum
4.3 Based on 6 reviews

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Linda S
4.0 9 months ago
by Linda completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
If you are in the market for a class on the museum as a force for social justice, this is the course for you -- its advocacy is passionate, deep, and compellingly expressed. However, if you are interested in the museum in any other role, or other aspects of developing, operating, or strengthening 21st century museums, this is not where you will find it. Good use of text, video, and supplementary sources. Terrific student discussion board, the best I've experienced (although entirely unmoderated, with no involvement by the course providers, and no apparent way to get questions answered). I delved into all the supplementary material and was active on the discussion board, which explains the high time commitment -- you can certainly spend less time on this course if you would prefer.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course was an incredible mix of outstanding presenters, fascinating and relative topics, and educational videos. In addition, I found many practical take-aways that I noted for future use. The instructors really cared about increasing participants' knowledge level and in turn, that inspired participants to engage fully in the comment section of each lesson. Just an outstanding course!
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Vicky P
5.0 3 years ago
by Vicky audited this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The content is interesting and inspiring. The activist part of the museums is really highlighted, which is a role I'd never associated with museums. The course also makes you reflect on how culture and history is presented and preserved.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Fantastic 6 week course! A great introduction to some of the main themes and debates going on in the museum profession. Couldn't believe it was free!
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