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Museums as Sites of Social Change

Semester and Year SP 2017
Course Number IDSEM-UG1864
Section 001
Instructor William Crow
Days W
Time 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Units 4
Level U
Foundation Requirement   SOC

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Description

Although traditionally viewed as storage houses for the past, many museums today see themselves as active agents of change and social progress. Museums can act as conveners and catalysts to engage a wide range of issues, from political stances to social justice issues to environmental concerns. But what happens when museums move from a static, neutral stance of reflecting society, to one that actively asserts its views and initiates social progress? How can museums maintain the public’s trust and support while engaging with issues that may be charged, or even controversial? Through a range of case studies and guest experts, we will examine how museums are embracing their role as sites for social change.

Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)