The Social Function of Museums
Part of this Programme
Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS
Master Degree | Anual | 10
Year | Type of course unit | Language
1 |Mandatory |Português
Total of Working Hours | Duration of Contact (hours)
280 | 25
Recommended complementary curricular units
Prerequisites and co-requisites
1 ¿ Memory and power
The relationships of Museology with the memory contents
Memory as social cohesion element
Cultural patrimony and memory in museums
Museums: conflicts, memories and identity
2 ¿ Museum and Society
Concepts and Interdisciplinarity
The idea of museum
Ways of perceiving the Museum in the contemporary age
3-Modernization of museal institutions
The cultural and patrimony institutions modernity
New forms of museal action
The new and different functions of the modern museum
The place of the collections and patrimony in contemporary museology
4 ¿ The present museum and the new museology
Action and conscientization within a new paradigm
Cultural Identity and Democracy
Open and interactive system
Institutional looks and relationship with UNESCO: Santiago de Chile Declaration, Quebec Declaration, Oaxtepec Declaration, Caracas Declaration
5- The museum¿s social operativeness
The museum and its social surroundings
The museum¿s study
The objective of this curricular unit is to analyse the theoretical-methodological framework of Contemporary Museology. The main reflection and practice areas of Museology will be addressed: their relationship with the social contexts where the production conditions of the different museologic discourses are developed&their various intervention areas. The general context of the curricular unit will be presented&analysed in detail. We will try to define the theoretical&practical context of the national&international museology
Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired
To bring together museologic theory&practice.
To recognize sociomuseologic processes by applying&exploring new methodologies in the resolution of problems, dialoguing with different specialists&finding balanced solutions concerning the respect for populations&their patrimony.
We intend to prepare the students for the museologic exercise&reflection by encouraging them to reflect, to have a critical and ethical mind and to have professional rigour.
Teaching methodologies and assessment
The classes are seminars that enable a comprehensive reflection about the problems under discussion. Thus, the acquisition of competencies based on the reflection and critique of the presented themes through the discussion is even more important than the transmission of knowledge.
We will invite specialists in the different addressed fields, most of them international specialists, thus allowing for a comprehensive reflection about the taught themes and subjects.
There will be an annual international study visit to enable the contact with different realities and to offer new perspectives and sharing of different knowledge.
The assessment is composed of an assignment that is transversal to all curricular units in which all the addressed themes are related. The assessment is also composed of the Project of the research to be developed with commented bibliography and 5 Reading Files.
ABREU,Regina e CHAGAS,Mário.(org) ,2003. Memória e património: ensaios contemporâneos. FAPERJ/UNIRIO,R. de Janeior.
BALERDI, Ignácio Díaz (Coord.) (2007); La memoria fragmentada: el museo y sus paradojas, Col. Museología e Património, Gijón, España, Ed. Trea.
BOLAÑOS, María, 2005. La memoria del mundo. Cien años de museología (1900-2000). Col. Museología e Património, Gijón, España, Ed. Trea.
MOUTINHO, Mário, 1996. Museus e Sociedade. Cadernos de Património, Monte Redondo
PRIMO, Judite Santos (org) , 1999. Museologia e Património: Documentos e Depoimentos. In: Cadernos de Sociomuseologia n15, Centro de Estudos de Sociomuseologia, ULHT, Lisboa.
RIVIÈRE, Georges Henri, 1993. La museología: Curso de museología/ Textos y testimonios. Arte y Estética. Ediciones AKAL, Espanha,.
VARINE-BOHAN, H. 1991. L¿iniciative communautaire: recherche et experimentation. Paris: W. MNES,(Collection Muséologie