INF 350G - Information in Society: Historical Museums: Context & Practice
Upper-division standing. Additional prerequisites may vary with the topic.
Three lecture hours a week for one semester.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.
Undergraduate cross-listing of graduate-level INF 388E.
Historical Museums: Context & Practice
The purpose of this course is to look at
and think about the process of museum exhibit creation in
historical museums, from planning through development to opening
and maintenance, as a negotiation among many stakeholders for
influence upon the story that is told. We will consider the many
facets of historical museums: their institutional positioning,
including history and resources; the interests and concerns of
museum employees (registrars, researchers, curators,
conservators, education specialists, support staff, and
volunteers); the influence of the public, both the "audience"
public and those whose interests are directly affected and/or
represented by an exhibit's story; and the role of contractual
professionals when they are used (designers, exhibit construction
firms, visitor studies experts). As a field for the study of this
knowledge we will use the range of historical museums and
museum-like venues in Austin where informal learning about
history is available to citizens.