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Museums in Berlin (Excursion seminar)


Admission requirements

A completed Bachelor first year (Propedeuse) preferably in an Art History related discipline.


In this compact course a variety of museums in Berlin will be studied from a museological point of view. Both the history as well as contemporary issues concerning these museums will be the topic of this course. After a few introductory lectures, the student will research his/her own topic.

Course objectives

  • Being able to distinguish the most important types of collections in various museums, archives, monuments, and heritage sites and identify similarities and differences.

  • Practical knowledge of why and in what ways individuals and institutions have collected cultural objects and have established cultural heritage collections.

  • Being familiar with the main objectives of making heritage collections accessible to various audiences in the past centuries.

  • An understanding of various exhibition practices and knowing how to relate these to theoretical concepts in the domain of museum studies.

  • Knowing how to properly document research findings, how to structure a critical essay on museum matters, and how to write a professional essay.

  • (10 ects only: ) Being able to prepare and give a 15 minute presentation of research findings in the domain of museums studies and being capable of taking the lead in debates around the research done.


Please note: for the final schedule refer to Collegeroosters / Timetable on the Art History website

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

  • Excursion (10 ects only)

Important: attendance in seminar sessions is mandatory! In case of no-show, the tutor should be informed about your absence prior to the actual seminar session. Moreover this course cannot be successfully completed by students that were absent more than twice. Only in exceptional cases, the Examination Committee may consider the possibility of an additional or substitute assignment. See also the Course and Examination Regulations.

Course Load

Course load summary: 5 ects (140 hrs)

10 hrs: Attending lectures (2 hrs weekly x 5 weeks)
10 hrs: Lecture preparations
80 hrs: Studying the literature (400 pp à 5 pp/hour)
40 hrs: Preparing and writing a paper (practical assignment)
140 hrs

Course load summary: 10 ects (280 hrs)

To be specified. In principle a three day excursion to Berlin is part of the 10 credits variant.

Assessment method

Assessment and grading method (in percentages):

  • For 5 ects = paper (90%) and class participation (10%)

  • For 10 ects (for students who join excursion) = papers (70%) oral presentation (20%) and class participation (10%).

Compensation: the weighted average mark should be at least 6.0 (rounded at one decimal).
Resit: one resit per insufficient mark, but class participation excluded.


Blackboard will be used for course information and documents, announcements, weekly readings and assignments.

Reading list

To be announced on Blackboard.


Via uSis.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective Students site of Leiden University
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Mw. Dr. M.. (Marika) Keblusek