Museology: Introduction to Principles & Practice


This module explores the basics of museology, the principles that underpin policy formation and management practices within museums, as well as the role of museums as repositories of cultural heritage.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principal concepts informing the discipline of museology.

  2. Trace the development of museums and the prevailing idea of what constitutes a museum from ancient times, through the transformation produced by the European Enlightenment, up to contemporary understandings of museums and their roles in society.

  3. Elucidate the principal legislative instruments, and the key management policies of the agencies and bodies involved in museology in Ireland.

  4. Distinguish and account for the range of core activities within museums, demonstrating their interrelatedness while assessing their stand-alone significance.

  5. Critique an individual museum under a wide range of headings, evaluating its performance against best international practice.

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