Current courses

Current and upcoming courses in museum studies at the University of Helsinki, academic year 2017-2018. All courses can be found by students, via courses.helsinki.fi and WebOodi.

Period i

Museon idea ja historia (KMU110): Opiskelijat osaavat linkittää museotyön osaksi erilaisia yhteiskunnallisia ilmiöitä ja oppivat alalla käytetyt termit ja teoriat.

This is the final time that the course runs, as the ”old” KMU100 courses are being phased out.

Course leader: FT Nina Robbins.

Period ii

Esineen monet elämät (KMU130): Kurssilla käydään läpi kokoelmien historiaa ja nykypäivää sekä tehdään kokoelma-arvoihin liittyvä harjoite.

This is the final time that the course runs, as the ”old” KMU100 courses are being phased out.

Course leader: FT Nina Robbins.

Museological Theory (KUMA-MU501): This course introduces and examines key theories pertaining to museum studies. Students meet on a weekly basis for seminar, lecture and discussion. Some of the weeks we visit a museum to discuss theory in context.

This course is open to students enrolled on the Masters programme in Cultural Heritage, and those wishing to complete the credits they need for the old KMU200 programme. It is then open to other students, space permitting.

Course leader: Dr Suzie Thomas

Museum Collections (KUMA-MU502): In this course we discuss contemporary issues around museum collection policies and practices. The course meets weekly for a variety of lectures, seminars and practical hands on experience during museum visits. There is also some group work and individual work.

This course is open to students enrolled on the Masters programme in Cultural Heritage, and those wishing to complete the credits they need for the old KMU200 programme. It is then open to other students, space permitting.

Course leader: Dr Suzie Thomas

Period iii

Museums and Learning (KUMA-MU503): In this course students familiarize themselves with museums as a source of learning and education, through theory and practice. Students meet weekly for a lecture or site visit, and carry our a group task working with a museum in the Greater Helsinki area to devise and deliver an educational activity. 

This course is open to students enrolled on the Masters programme in Cultural Heritage, and those wishing to complete the credits they need for the old KMU200 programme. It is then open to other students, space permitting.

Course leader: Dr Suzie Thomas

Period iv

Museums and Ethics (KUMA-MU512): Students are introduced through real life case studies to ethical dilemmas facing museums around the world. They also take part in a live debate of hypothetical situations and possible ethical solutions.

This course is open to students enrolled on the Masters programme in Cultural Heritage, and those wishing to complete the credits they need for the old KMU200 programme. It is then open to other students, space permitting.

Course leader: Dr Suzie Thomas

Periods iii and iv

Museum Project Management (KUMA-MU511): The course includes a weekly contact time with a lecture, workshop, seminar or similar. In addition the students work together in small teams to deliver a project as specified by their ”client” museum. These projects will vary in theme, skills needed, and type of output to be produced. Central to all though is teamwork, time management and communication!

This course is open to students enrolled on the Masters programme in Cultural Heritage, and those wishing to complete the credits they need for the old KMU200 programme. It is then open to other students, space permitting.

Course leader: Dr Suzie Thomas

Period iv intensive period

Museum Security (KUMA-MU512): The course looks at some of the underpinning theory and practice behind approaches to museum security, from situational crime prevention and risk management, to conservation measures and visitor and staff safety. This course, the first of its kind, is taught in collaboration with Security Management experts and students from Laurea University of Applied Sciences, and is delivered through a combination of classroom time and site visits.

This course is open to students enrolled on the Masters programme in Cultural Heritage, and those wishing to complete the credits they need for the old KMU200 programme. It is then open to other students, space permitting.

Course leaders: Dr Suzie Thomas, Dr Soili Martikainen, Mr Anssi Kuusela, Mr Reijo Lahde.

Courses available any time

Self-Directed Museum Research Project (KUMA-MU503): In this course, students carry out independent research in the form of an essay on a question connected to museum studies.