This course examines the theoretical roots, the ideological positions and the research literature on public programming and education strategies deployed in museums, parks, libraries, and heritage institutions. The course offers a critique of models of schooling, experience, citizenship and critical engagement that dominate current discourse and practices.
Students will have the opportunity to try out and experiment with new programming strategies in class and during selected museum visits. The final project for this course is a production plan for an education program at a current exhibition, institution or cultural event.
This a blended learning or hybrid course; part of the course will take place in an electronic learning environment, part will take place in an in-person classroom environment, and part in cultural heritage and museum environments.