Course Schedule

The courses below are those offered for the term. (To view the course description, class dates & times, touch on accordion tab by the title.)

  • Online Courses

    465.702.81 - Studies in World Heritage

    Sarah Chicone

    Online 9/4 - 12/17

    This course offers an in-depth exploration of World Heritage by focusing on the concept of heritage, both tangible and intangible, its historical development, its international conventions, and the role of society and history in its past, present, and future. Students will be asked to engage critically with contemporary heritage concepts such as authenticity, ownership, assessment, value, and preservation that form much of our global understanding of the field of cultural heritage studies. Through case studies, lectures, discussions, and readings, students will explore international heritage policy as structured by the institutional complex, and consider both its local and global impact.

    465.710.81 - The Protection of Global Cultural Heritage: Laws, Policies, Politics, and Advocacy

    Terressa Davis

    Online 9/4 - 12/17

    This course introduces students to cultural heritage law, as it relates to the interpretation, ownership, management, and protection of both tangible and intangible heritage. Using case studies taken from the court dockets and newspaper headlines, students will develop a solid background in relevant national and international legal concepts, while exploring how the law is implemented through policy and practice. They will also examine the impact of heritage’s continuing politicization, including the use (and misuse) of heritage in public commemoration, nation building, armed conflict, and violent extremism. To this end, from a global perspective, and through a legal and policy lens, the course takes an in depth look at key challenges and controversies affecting the field. It considers what can and cannot—and, for that matter, what should and should not—be done to protect heritage, and how these decisions affect politics, economics, and security from the local to the international levels.

    465.714.81 - Culture as Catalyst for Sustainable Economic Development

    Donald Jones

    Online 9/4 - 12/17

    The role of cultural heritage in global developmental policy emphasizes a human centered and inclusive approach. The course will introduce students to the current global discourse on sustainable economic development and unpack the role of cultural heritage including the socio-economic impacts of investment. Students will consider the role of cultural heritage in long term development strategies and policy in order to assess impacts and effects. Cultural heritage will be considered as both a means and an end.

    465.720.81 - Issues in Intangible Cultural Heritage

    Michelle Stefano

    Online 9/4 - 12/17

    Thanks to the efforts of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) over several decades, the global heritage enterprise has been expanded to include ‘intangible cultural heritage,’ the often ephemeral and ever-changing cultural beliefs, practices, and expressions that are embodied and shared by communities, groups, and individuals all over the world. The course, Issues in Intangible Cultural Heritage, explores this relatively new category of heritage, tracing the development of the ICH concept and related policy through pre-cursor concepts, concerns, and activities at the global level, from the 1970s through to today. Grounded in a critical engagement with the heritage and museum studies literature, particularly the thriving international ICH discourse and debates, and through critical analysis of case studies from across the globe, students will explore the challenges that arise with respect to safeguarding and promoting living cultural beliefs, practices, and expressions, as well as engage with key features of conducting community-based ICH work of their own.

    465.730.81 - Heritage and Representation: Approaches to Interpretation and Outreach

    Sarah Chicone

    Online 9/4 - 12/17

    Outreach and interpretation are key components of cultural heritage management and the visible link between heritage and its diverse publics. This course considers current practice and emerging developments in the field with an eye toward digital strategies and multimedia: (i.e. virtual reality, augmented reality, social media campaigns, and TV and web productions) as well as a broad range of heritage both tangible and intangible: from museums and sites, to archeological excavations, to urban and rural landscapes, and both the natural and built environment. It asks students to evaluate the impacts of engagement strategies and interpretation on diverse publics; from global travelers participating in heritage tourism to the grassroots efforts of indigenous communities. It looks critically at interpretation across global landscapes considering both the intended and unintended consequences of chosen narratives. This course looks closely at audience and community, the control of narrative and interpretation, and the short and long-term impact in terms of identity and access.

  • Off-Site or International

    465.780.91 - Internship

    Judith Landau

    Sunday 12:00 - 12:00; 9/4 - 12/17

    An internship at a cultural heritage organization, approved by the internship coordinator, may be substituted for one elective course. To fulfill the internship requirement, a student must complete a minimum of 80 hours of work on-site and a project, (either a research paper or a practical product) on an approved topic related to his/her experience, due at the end of the semester. Students also participate in online discussion and course work during the semester. Before registering for the internship option, the student should contact the internship coordinator for approval. At least four to six weeks before the beginning of the semester in which the internship will take place, the student must submit: 1) a description of the internship weekly duties including activities and/or responsibilities; 2) learning objectives and goals; 3) why this experience should be part of the Cultural Heritage Management degree; and 4) a signed letter of commitment from the internship supervisor. Students must have completed a minimum of two courses in the program before registering for this internship.

    Students must have complete 2 courses in the program in order to enroll in the internship

  • Online Courses (Cross-Listed)

    420.603.81 - Environmental Applications of GIS

    Rachel Isaacs

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 9/4 - 12/17

    Geographic information systems technology (GIS) is a powerful data visualization and analysis tool.This course is designed to introduce students to advanced concepts of geographic information science related to the fields of reserve planning, environmental science, natural resources, and ecology for the purpose of spatial analysis and geo-visualization of environmental issues. Topics may include conservation needs using remote sensing, digital image processing, data structures, database design, landscape ecology and metrics, wildlife home range and habitat analysis, suitability modelling, terrain and watershed analysis, and spatial data analysis. This course will only be offered online yearly. ?

    420.642.81 - Public Lands-Private Interests:The Struggle for Common Ground

    Jennifer da Rosa

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 9/4 - 12/17

    This course prepares students to participate in the great debate over the use and protection of America 's federally owned forests, rangeland, parks, and sanctuaries. Students consider such questions as how much should be paid for grazing on federal lands; how to balance the demand for timber harvest with the need for watershed and wildlife management; who controls mineral and oil extraction on federal lands; and who has the rights to waters flowing through federal lands and stored behind federally funded dams. These and similar issues of today and tomorrow are studied in the context of history, statute and case law, and administrative regulations. Offered infrequently. Prerequisite: 420.614 Environmental Policymaking and Policy Analysis, equivalent course, or experience.

    460.611.81 - History & Philosophy of Museums

    George Harris

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 9/4 - 12/17

    From cabinets of curiosities to historical monuments and sites of memory, this course surveys museum history from a global perspective to examine how the museum’s function has changed over time. Students create a comprehensive timeline of museum history and philosophy—thinking through and visualizing the way certain concepts and events are related in time and across space. Through case studies and course readings in museum history, theory and methods, students will contextualize the philosophical trends that have impacted organizational structures, outreach, collection strategies, and the museum’s role and relationship to its public.

    Technology Fee: $200.00

    460.633.81 - Conservation-Restoration: A 21st Century Approach to Heritage

    Daniel Cull
    Rose Cull

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 9/4 - 12/17

    Conservation-Restoration has existed for many hundreds of years, and conservators have been active in museums and the heritage industry since their inception. This course will explore the history of conservation-restoration, how it has changed over time, where it is today and where it might be going tomorrow. Conservation-restoration encompasses a variety of activities including: preventive/collections care, science, remedial treatment, and education and research. In this course students will be introduced to the activities of a conservator and how they add value to a collection. Students will become fluent in conservation-restoration research methods and publishing sources, able to identify good sources for information, and to understand the ethical issues in the field. Prerequisite: Collection Management (460.666)

    Prerequisite: 460.666 – Collection Management Technology Fee: $200.00

    460.666.81 - Collection Management

    Carlos Hernandez

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 9/4 - 12/17

    Museums exist to preserve and share their collections with the world. Collection managers, or registrars, are essential to any collecting institution, whether collections are art, history, science, or live specimens. This course focuses on management principles that can be applied broadly to any type of collection. The course covers all aspects of collections care from the acquisition of objects, evaluation, care and storage, through loans and exhibitions. Safe collections care and handling, using the most current methods, are emphasized so objects may be preserved for future generations. Any student who intends to work at a collecting institution will benefit from mastering the practical knowledge and skills underpinning many phases of museum work, which will be taught in this class.

    Technology Fee: $200.00

    460.670.81 - Digital Preservation

    Riccardo Ferrante

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 9/4 - 12/17

    This course introduces students to the current state of digital preservation, preservation challenges, and basic concepts for designing effective digital preservation plans and programs. Topics include the relevance of digital preservation for museums; archival principles that inform preservation practices; standards and policies; considerations in preservation strategies; issues relating to formats, repositories, and processes; and emerging preservation solutions and services. Note: Students who are not enrolled in the Digital Curation Certificate program are encouraged to take 460.666 Collection Management before enrolling in this course.

    Note: Students who are not enrolled in the Digital Curation Certificate program are encouraged to take 460.666 Collection Management before enrolling in this course. Technology Fee: $200.00

    460.671.81 - Foundations of Digital Curation

    Joyce Ray

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 9/4 - 12/17

    This course lays a foundation for managing digital information throughout its life cycle by introducing students to the emerging field of digital curation and by examining the practical issues and tools involved in managing digital collections and repositories over time. Topics include metadata schemas for describing digital assets in different disciplines; sharing digital content beyond the institution to reach wider audiences; requirements for trustworthy repository services; management of research data; policy issues; and user services. Note: Students who are not enrolled in the Digital Curation Certificate program are encouraged to take 460.666 Collection Management before enrolling in this course.

    Note: Students who are not enrolled in the Digital Curation Certificate program are encouraged to take Collection Management (460.666) before enrolling in this course. Technology Fee: $200.00

    460.675.81 - Leadership of Museums

    Anne Ackerson
    Joan Baldwin

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 9/4 - 12/17

    Every museum career offers opportunities for leadership. Whether you head an internal project, lead a team, department or an entire institution, you draw from the same attributes and skill sets as leaders everywhere. Understanding that skill set and developing individual leadership competence leads to a career hallmarked by intentionality.

    This course introduces students to the nature and practice of leadership through the vocabulary of competencies. It focuses on personal leadership development, beginning with an assessment of a student’s leadership strengths and weaknesses while building awareness of challenges, best practices, and practical workplace applications. Through reading, discussion, interviewing current museum leaders, and reflective writing, students deepen their understanding of their personal leadership capacities, grasp the importance of self-awareness to leadership growth, and understand the range of competencies leaders must embrace to be successful in the rapidly evolving world of the 21st-century museum.

    Prerequisite: Students must have completed ONE of the following courses to register for this course: Business of Museums (460.608); History and Philosophy (460.611); OR Museums and Community Engagement (460.615)

    Prerequisite: Students must have completed ONE of the following courses to register for this course: Business of Museums (460.608); History and Philosophy (460.611); OR Museums and Community Engagement (460.615) Technology Fee: $200.00

    460.683.81 - Project Management in Museums

    David Whitemyer

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 9/4 - 12/17

    Project management is the oversight and process of planning, organizing, and coordinating multiple tasks, resources, and stakeholders. In museum settings it often requires a choreographed juggle of scheduling, budget tracking, content and education considerations, facility and operations issues, and human resources; along with an ability to be flexible and calmly tackle unexpected challenges. This course will present both theoretical and practical concepts for initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, and completing projects in a museum. Using real world scenarios and different types of projects, the course will, provide students with tools and strategies necessary for project scheduling, task supervision, and stakeholder management. Project management is a learned skill, useful not only to those who will ultimately oversee a project, but to everyone who may eventually be part of a project team.

    Technology Fee: $200.00

    460.695.81 - Museums of the Americas: Facing Challenges in the 21st Century

    Deborah Ziska

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 9/4 - 12/17

    Inspired by the diverse peoples, cultures, and ecosystems of the Americas, students will explore issues of and museum responses to socioeconomic disparity, climate change and environmental degradation, and cultural heritage preservation. Video and audio interviews with museum and cultural heritage leaders in Colombia, Guatemala, and the United States; live presentations by experts on hemispheric climate change and oceanic marine life; plus a variety of multimedia presentations and assignments, will spotlight innovation, affinities, community engagement, and sustainable practices of museums throughout the Americas in meeting challenges of the 21st century. Students will have the opportunity to analyze and share how museums where they live are responding to similar issues.

    Technology Fee: $200.00

  • Washington DC Center (Cross-Listed)

    420.611.51 - Principles & Methods of Ecology

    David Curson

    Wednesday 6:00 - 8:45; 9/4 - 12/11

    This course examines the relationship between organisms and their biotic and abiotic environment at three levels of biological hierarchy: individual organism, population, and community. Population characteristics, models of population dynamics, and the effect of ecological interactions on population regulation are discussed in detail. The structure and function of natural and man-made communities and the impact disturbances have on community structure are also examined. Students are led to appreciate the importance of ecology in solving environmental problems. Offered online or onsite, at least twice per year. Onsite version includes required field trips.

    This course will have two Saturday field trips to Soldiers Delight and Patuxent Wildlife Refuge. Field Trip Fee: $50.00.