Curating Science

Master of Museum Studies

MSL2050H — Curating Science

Science subjects dominate the museum field — natural history, zoology, botany, anthropology, astronomy, palaeontology, archaeology, and classical physics to name but a few. Furthermore, the history of modern science is tied to the history of museums and in many ways public displays of science have influenced the development of science itself. Yet few museum professionals speak and understand the language of science. With a view to satisfying the basic requirements of any museum professional, this course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of scientific thinking and to the key issues associated with curating science subject matter. Specific examples of science-based museum displays and exhibitions will be explored in an engaging series of lectures, workshops, excursions and conversations with museum professionals.

The student will come away with the tools needed to engage with the subject of science and museums at an advanced professional level.