KULMI3215 - Participation and learning in museums


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written project funding application
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Written project funding application 100/100

Course content

Museums and cultural heritage institutions are arenas for participation and lifelong learning. Focusing on contemporary museum practice, the course provides insight into museums’ roles and functions within these fields. The course combines relevant museological theory and theory from cultural heritage learning with cases studies, meetings with museum and heritage professionals, and student-driven project work at a museum. During the course, students apply theorical insights in discussing museum projects, exhibitions, and digital heritage and museum dissemination. At a given museum, they develop participatory museum projects and write a funding application.

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:


The candidate

  • Has in depth knowledge of museums’ and cultural heritage institutions’ functions in society.
  • Has good knowledge of museological and cultural heritage learning theory with a special focus on participation.
  • Has knowledge of participation in museum practice and participation as method.


The candidate

  • Can analyze how museums and cultural heritage institution fill their roles and functions in different societal areas.
  • Is well trained in reflecting on museological and museum ethical questions linked to participation and learning.
  • Can use their knowledge to develop a participatory museum project and write a project funding application.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars, group work. Parts of the teaching will be session-based and take place at a museum.

Compulsory assignments

  • 75% attendance, group assignement.

Required previous knowledge

Bachelor's degree in cultural heritage management or equivalent approved education.

Course materials

Reading list

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KULMI6215 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • Archaeology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Historical and Classical Studies


Examination arrangement: Written project funding application

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Written project funding application 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
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