Courses

Fall 2020 MUSE Course Descriptions
MUSE 400: Environmental and Climate Justice​
Rosa Cabrera, Wednesdays, 3:00pm-5:30pm, CRN: 43535
This course examines the environmental justice movement and its connection to climate change. It scrutinizes larger systems of power and privilege that produce unjust environmental and climate conditions putting people of color, immigrants, and low-income earners at greater risk. Case studies from Latinx Chicago, Puerto Rico, the U.S./Mexico border and other localities will be used to examine intersections between ECJ, im/migration, and surveillance while exploring the role of museums in facilitating deeper understanding on this topic. Same as ANTH 494 and MUSE 400.
 
MUSE 400/MUSE 546: Critical Race Theory and Contemporary African American Art
Dr. Lucy Mensah, Thursdays, 12:00pm-2:30pm, CRN: 45571
How can we analyze the formal and thematic elements of 20th and 21st century African American art through the lens of Critical Race Theory (CRT)? This question will drive the lectures, readings and discussions in this seminar. Students will learn about the core principles of CRT and the movement’s critique of the incongruence between the United States’ legal idealism and the lived, political realities of African Americans. With this knowledge, students will be encouraged to examine the overlap between CRT’s philosophy and the corrective measures African American artists’ have taken to achieve visibility and to advance political, economic, and cultural parity.
 
MUSE 546 is for PhD students only. All other students interested in this course should register for MUSE 400.
  
MUSE 532: Museum Collections
Lisa Lee, Wednesdays, 6:00pm–8:30pm, CRN: 43541
Practical, theoretical and institutional settings of the museum and exhibition professions. Students meet in seminar environments, read and discuss core texts and ideas; travel to representative exhibition and cultural heritage sites.
 
MUSE 543: Writing for Exhibitions
Instructor TBD, Mondays, 12:00pm-2:30pm, CRN: 43534
Practicum in producing texts for sites across physical and virtual museum and exhibition environments, from labels to exhibition catalogs.
 
MUSE 545: Museum Genres, Practices, and Institutions
Therese Quinn, Tuesdays, 6:00pm-8:30pm, CRN: 43539
History of museums, cultural heritage sites, other sites of preservation and exhibition; includes discussion of contemporary sites of virtual display.