MU/HS 338 - Museums and Memories: The Practice of Public History in Berlin
This course at the intersection of history and museum studies draws on Berlin’s rich cultural and historical landscape to provide students with experiential learning opportunities that foster critical thinking about a variety of Berlin museums and their historical and societal significance. Combining theory and practice, the course explores questions about what “the museum” is, what kinds of museums exist, how the varieties of history (cultural, political, military, art-historical, social, economic) are represented in different genres of museums, and how and why museums come into existence at a particular time and place. Students will also reflect upon what the role of a museum is and can be in society, along with what kinds of careers students can find in museums upon graduation. Visits to museums and memorial sites across Berlin augment the classroom sessions.