2010 Course Handbook
MSM305: Museology of Natural History
This unit investigates the western intellectual tradition of understanding and interpreting the natural world through museums from 'cabinets of curiosity' to 'museums of empire' including historical phases of natural history as popular culture. The unit focuses on how the developments in scientific understanding are reflected in a range of museum practice, including the impact of Linnean taxonomy and Darwinism. The impact of different biological preservation techniques is considered. There is a component on early western natural history practice in Australia and the value and future of natural history collections in relation to issues of biodiversity, ecological sustainability and the public understanding of science.
D2 - Day; Offered in the second half-year
X2 - External study; Offered in the second half-year (Session Dates: None)
|Staff Contact(s):||Dr Andrew Simpson, Mr Paul Meszaros|
Department of Environment and Geography
|People or Planet:||Planet|
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