Special Topics in Museum Studies: Museum-Government Relations: International Context


This course will examine museums in the context of governmental and non-governmental (non-profit and for-profit) operational and legal frameworks. The policy milieu in which a museum is required to operate informs much of its operating style, and we will examine how this influences how staff and museum boards create the organization’s mandate, policies, and perspectives. We will explore governance in the context of provincial, national and international practice, and will be looking at specific case-studies to illustrate types of governance for museums. We will also be looking at accreditation programs for museums as part of the context that shapes their performance.