Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries MA, MSc by distance learning

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom

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Next enrollment cycle

October 2021

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Total Course Fee

USD 24,081

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  • 4 Months
  • Online
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree
In the 21st century, leading museums, galleries and heritage practice began to make use of socially engaged approaches. This course will examine the role of museums and practitioners in shaping society's understandings of contemporary issues, upholding antiracist and anti-oppression values of inclusivity and accessibility, and ensuring that museums benefit their communities
  • Choosing to study Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries will give you access to leading research and practice on the impact that museums and galleries can have on advocating for social justice and human rights, and how they might better explore and address the contemporary issues that face our societies.
  • This course brings together cutting-edge examples of socially driven professional practice in dialogue with research undertaken by academics within the School of Museum Studies. It draws on broader global shifts in practice and will challenge you to think deeply about the role of culture in society and the characteristics of socially purposeful museums and galleries. 

Over the course, you will engage critically and creatively with areas such as: 

  • Partnership working
  • Participatory practices
  • Anti-racism and anti-oppression work
  • Ethical frameworks for practice
  • Liberation and accessibility
  • Visitor studies and audience research
  • Leadership at all levels of an organization
  • How socially engaged practice can be embedded into the work of museums and galleries
  • You will gain a deeper understanding of the historical, current and emerging debates, theories, issues, techniques and practice in order to effectively develop and advocate for socially engaged practice in museums, galleries, and similar organisations. The course offers a platform to explore and experiment with ways of maximising the impact that museums and galleries can have on the wellbeing of communities, on civil debates around controversial topics, and on the building of fairer and more equal societies.
  • The course is delivered in a variety of ways, including online lectures, seminars, and tutorials, and discussion activities. The programme is designed to fit around your existing commitments and is sympathetically structured to allow you to break up the work into manageable chunks and focus on one assignment at a time. 
  • You will receive high quality support from your module tutors and a personal tutor throughout your studies. 

What's the difference?

  • If you are taking the MA or MSc, you will take four core modules, followed by four option modules, as well as completing a research project on the topic of your choice. For many, it is the most exciting part of the course, as a self-directed opportunity to contribute new ideas, new knowledge, or critique existing scholarship or practice at an advanced academic level. You might choose to write this up as a dissertation, but you could also consider writing a paper, a professional report, or perhaps even producing a film. We look forward to working with you on the possibilities. A Master of Science (MSc) can be awarded in preference to a Master of Arts (MA) where the dissertation concerns a science collection or museum, or where the nature of the investigation can be termed 'scientific'.
  • To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, you will take four core modules, followed by four option modules, giving you the opportunity to delve into your particular interests and to further explore and contextualise socially engaged practice through specific lenses.
  • You can attain a Postgraduate Certificate by undertaking just the four core modules. It is also possible to take one module, Exploring Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries, as a short course.

                                                                                                                                                   

Enrollment Cycles

  • October 2021
  • April 2022

Entry requirements

  • In recognition of the diverse employment needs of the culture sector, we recognise and credit a range of prior qualifications and experiences.
  • Either a first class or second class degree, which can be in any subject area Or be able to demonstrate equivalent skills and aptitudes through the possession of a professional or vocational qualification and/or the accrual of relevant work experiences. Relevant experience can come from a wide spectrum of work or voluntary environments but clear evidence of this experience must be provided.
  • You should be able to demonstrate a commitment to, or strong interest in, museums, galleries, or other kinds of heritage or cultural organisation.
  • If you do not have a degree, you will be asked complete an assessment, such as an essay, so as to demonstrate your readiness for postgraduate study. Clear guidance will be provided on assessment criteria. You may also be required to attend an interview.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

MA/MSc modules

Core modules

  • Exploring Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries
  • Ethical Practice: Access, Liberation, and Organisational Change
  • Activist Practice: Methods of Empowerment
  • Museums and Transformation: Evidencing Need and Assessing the Impact of Socially Engaged Practice

Option modules

Choose four option modules from:

  • Objects and Collections: Care, Management and Curation
  • Cultural Management and Marketing
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Museums and the Natural Environment
  • Heritage
  • Digital
  • Practice
  • Plus your Dissertation
  • A Master of Science (MSc) can be awarded in preference to a Master of Arts (MA) where the dissertation concerns a science collection or museum, or where the nature of the investigation can be termed 'scientific'.

PGDip modules

Core modules

  • Exploring Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries
  • Ethical Practice: Access, Liberation, and Organisational Change
  • Activist Practice: Methods of Empowerment
  • Museums and Transformation: Evidencing Need and Assessing the Impact of Socially Engaged Practice

Option modules

Choose four option modules from:

  • Objects and Collections: Care, Management and Curation
  • Cultural Management and Marketing
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Museums and the Natural Environment
  • Heritage
  • Digital
  • Practice

PGCert modules

  • Exploring Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries
  • Ethical Practice: Access, Liberation, and Organisational Change
  • Activist Practice: Methods of Empowerment
  • Museums and Transformation: Evidencing Need and Assessing the Impact of Socially Engaged Practice
  • UK and EU Students 
  • This is the total course fee. 
  • Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies. 
  • Starting in October 2021 or April 2022
  •  MA/MSc: £10,445 
  • PGDip: £9,305 
  • PGCert*: £4,655 Short course (one module)*: £2,325 
  • Other start dates may be available for the PGCert and individual modules. 
  • Please contact us for details. 
  • Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan?
  •  Find out if you’re eligible. (MA/MSc only; not available for PGDip, PGCert or Short course)

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