Museology, or museum studies, explores museums and the practices and interpretation of the work carried out in museums. It also encompasses museum education, ethics and project management as well as theories of the museum institution and museum activities. The studies acquaint you with the work of museum professionals and academic research on the museum sector from various perspectives. You will learn to apply museological theories to museum activities and understand the role of museums in society.

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Museology

Students are expected to have previously completed university studies and/or have the ability to review required skills independently.

Museum Collections, 5 cr

Students will be introduced to key issues pertaining to museums and collecting, internationally and within the Finnish context. They will develop and appraise, based on theoretical and applied perspectives, strategic solutions to the challenges facing contemporary museum collecting policies and practices. They will develop their planning and research skills, and gain experience of writing in different formats for different purposes.

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Museums and Learning, 5 cr

Students will be able to discuss key issues concerning a specialist theme within the field of Museums and Learning. This course is arranged in co-operation with museums and requires a commitment to the hands-on projects outside the weekly lectures.

Students may also select a corresponding course from a related discipline, in discussion with the university lecturer, as a substitute for this course. The potential substitute course has to thematically fit the course outline of the KUMA-MU503.

Museum Work, 10 cr

Students will gain practical experience of applied museum project work. They will develop and test their team-working, time management and problem-solving skills within the context of professional museum work. This course is arranged in co-operation with museums and requires a commitment to the hands-on projects outside the weekly lectures.

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