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.
Historical Museums: Context & Practice
Detailed Course Summary: 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.