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.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.
Linda Saalmancompleted 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,
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.
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!
Vicky Pangaudited 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.