Special Topics in Museum Studies: “Difficult” Heritages and Precarious Times


This course delves into discussions surrounding “difficult” heritages, “dark” tourism and stories of conflict, pain and shame explored by museums, exhibitions, and historic sites. It also explores the role cultural institutions and sites play in times of conflict and uncertainty.


MSL2303H: Special Topics in Museum Studies: The Digital Museum: From Strategy to Implementation (OSC) – winter 2019 and winter 2020

This course explores the role of new and emerging digital technologies in the context of the museum experience. It is intended to provide students with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions regarding the opportunities and challenges afforded by digital technology in the modern museum environment. From online to on-site digital experiences, students will investigate the impact of digital on museums and their value propositions, as well as explore the adoption of user-centred, multi-channel approaches to content creation and distribution. From digital strategy development to the practical aspects of project management and development of digital experiences, students will gain an overview of the processes related to the application of digital technology by museum professionals. This course will ask students to participate in the group development of a digital exhibit as its core focus, supported by readings, case studies, planning exercises, and guest speakers from related industries. This course is offered in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre.