Museum Studies (part 1)
This course examines the role that museums play in society as institutions with the intention of collecting and preserving items that a society deems culturally, artistically and historically important. VPA 320 offers an overview of basic museum elements; their missions and their characteristics in the context of critical and ethical theory of museum studies. Through a series of readings, field trips, lectures and discussions, students examine how museums serve society, including the politics and ethics of interpretation. Through hands-on learning with Community Partners, students are engaged in aspects of museum operations such as; exhibit design, collection management, research, education, programing and administration.
Service Learning (part 2)
Service learning combines academic learning with thoughtful community service experiences. Students work alongside community members to engage with real world issues and problems while simultaneously meeting academic goals through reflective engagement with readings, active participation in class discussions, and critical analysis of issues uncovered through the service experience. In this class, you will provide a minimum of 30 hours of service to one of the Community Partner organizations listed below.