Session: Fall 2012

MUSM:3120:0SCA (024:106:SCA)    The Natural History Museum: A History
12 of 30 enrolled    

Completed

Sem. Hrs:

3

Admin:

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


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MUSM:3120 ( 024:106 )



General Catalog:

History of the natural history museum; origin, character, and evolution; anecdotes and personalities; how natural history museums influenced society and their continuing relevance to a technological world.

Description:

This course will examine the roots of Natural History Museums, from the Museon of the Great Library of Alexandria, the 16th Century “Cabinets of Curiosities”, through the development of systematics and the great Age of Exploration, and through the proliferation of American museums brought about by the age of the great expositions and world’s fairs. At each stage of the story, we will examine how natural history museums influenced and were affected by the larger movements of society. Finally, the Natural History Museum will be scrutinized for its contemporary relevance to an increasingly technological, urbanized and specialized world. Does the average museum visitor seek to be one with his curiosity through experiencing objects, specimens and artifacts? Will a technologically driven society eschew the “real” for the digitally translated? In addition to the use of a large recent bibliography, we will study the history of the UI Museum of Natural History as a sample-case of the evolution of museums.  Students in this lecture course will be required to attend lectures, report on and discuss readings, provide review and analysis of historic and contemporary institutions, and to provide the instructor with competent original work on some aspect or personality in the Natural History Museum field. Discussions will frequently be held within the galleries of the museum, where the environment of the surrounding displays will be illustrative of course themes.  Guest lecturers will be invited to contribute their perspectives to the discussions. A midterm and final exam, along with graded assignments and reports, will provide evaluation of students.

Approved GE:
None
Prerequisites:

None

Requirements:

None

Corequisites:

None

Recommendations:

at least one course in museum studies, such as 024:102 (MUSM:3001).

Restrictions:

None

Time and Location:
5:00P - 7:50P T 116 MH
Minimum Fee Hours:
3
Enrollments in this section for 0 - 3 will be charged as 3 semester hours
Course Fees:
None
Repeatable:

No

Grading Instructions:

None

Instructors:
William Thomson (Primary Instructor)
Textbooks and Materials:
The following textbook and material information is for planning purposes only and could be modified. Final textbook information will be available four weeks before the start of the semester. Please check then to finalize your textbook and material purchases:

  • readings will be posted on ICON
Cross References
(i.e. Also offered as):
None
Co-Existing Sections
(i.e. Separate sections meeting in the same room):
None
Management Type:
DCE On Campus Crs (SC*)
Department:
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Museum Studies ( Website     |   General catalog   )
Director: Russell Ciochon

Address: 114 Macbride Hall (MH)
 
Phone:
+1 (319)- 335 - 2751

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