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Museum Collections: Ethical Considerations and Practical Applications
ARCP 267
Spring 2016
Section: 01  

Serving as a broad overview to the practice of museology, this course introduces students to theories supporting the foundation of museums and the stewardship efforts found within collections. Topics covered will include the origins of museums and collecting, and philosophies behind historic and current museum policies. Ethical considerations surrounding highly publicized issues such as looted artifacts, repatriation, and cultural patrimony will also be covered. Finally, students will explore the practical aspects of creating and sustaining collections, preservation of objects, and interpretation and exhibition development. Although topics covered in this course will apply to a variety of museums, the general focus will be on anthropology and archaeology collections. Readings and class discussions will be supplemented with hands-on activities using the Wesleyan University Archaeology and Anthropology Collections.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ARCP
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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