KULMI2300 - Introduction to Museology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 4 days

Course content

Introduction to Museology is an interdisciplinary course with close links to the museum sector. The course provides a broad, theory-based introduction to the museum sector and the research field of museology. Focusing on museum ethics and on museum and exhibition history, as well as on present-day exhibition productions and other forms of museal outreach activities, the course also gives attention to other important museum activities. The course centres on art museums and museums of cultural history, but it also includes other types of museums and heritage centres. Thus, the course is highly relevant for students from different academic disciplines with an interest in museums and uses of heritage. Excursions to different museums and guest lecturers from the museum sector give the students insights into the museum practice and provide present-day examples and discussions, which they may study by using museological theories, dilemmas in museum ethics, and knowledge in museum and exhibition history.

Learning outcome

A candidate who passes this course is expected to have the following learning outcome according to the course curriculum, defined as knowledge and skills:

Knowledge, the candidate:

  • has a good overview of the museum and exhibition history, both internationally and in Norway.
  • has a good overview of basic functions in museum practice.
  • has good knowledge about museum ethics with international and national codes as well as current discussions.
  • has knowledge about museological theory and history.
  • has knowledge about laws, guidelines and other official documents governing the museum sector in Norway.

Skills, the candidate:

  • has skills in reflecting upon and discussing central themes in museum and exhibition history.
  • has skills in reflecting upon and discussing professional and ethical dilemmas related to museum practice.
  • has experience in conducting analyses of museum exhibitions and other museal outreach activities.
  • has experience in critically using museum ethics in and by means of international and national codes as well as current discussions.
  • has been trained in writing academic presentations and in contributing to qualified discussions about museum ethics, museum and exhibition history, and present-day museum and exhibition practices.
  • has acquired basic demand competence within the museum sector.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, excursions and individual term assignment as well as group assignments with oral and written presentations.

Compulsory assignments:

  • group assignments
  • individual term assignment

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignment
  • Assignment

Further on evaluation

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Reading list and selected source material

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HIST2370 15.0 SPRING 2006
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • History
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Historical and Classical Studies


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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