Inside the Museum: Collections and the Public
Dr Joelle Lai

What is a museum’s relation to the public, and its functions in society? This course looks at museums as spaces for organising, classifying, and exhibiting objects, from natural history to art. Against this backdrop, an interdisciplinary approach is applied to learn how and why museums came to be, their role through the ages, and how to meaningfully appreciate/critique an exhibit. The ethics and politics of decolonising museums and repatriation will be discussed. The course will include at least one trip to local museums, and a group project where they apply aspects of their knowledge to create a public exhibition.


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