CAHA10010 Museums and Collections

Academic Year 2020/2021

This core module provides an introduction to the historical, social, and theoretical contexts of museums and collections, as well as to the interpretive methodologies applied to some of the main categories of artefacts from prehistory to the modern world. Topics covered in seminars include the history of museums, the influence of the Classical past on western culture, and the ethics of collecting. The rise of online and digital technologies and its effect on museums and galleries is also considered. Key artefact types such as pottery, coins, inscriptions and paintings are introduced using the collections of the UCD Classical Museum and the National Gallery of Ireland. Assessments provide skills in a range of communication strategies to diverse audiences.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should:
- understand when, why and how museums were developed and artefacts collected
- recognise the main artefact types on display in museum/gallery contexts, their methods of analysis, and their contributions to our understanding of the past
- be able to communicate the stories of artefacts to a diverse audience using a variety of media

Indicative Module Content:

- the Classical tradition, collecting and museums
- ceramics
- coins
- inscriptions
- experimental archaeology
- museum display and communication
- online and digital technologies
- museum ethics
NB - these are indicative topics and are subject to change

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Seminars are delivered in a small group setting that encourages participation and discussion amongst students. Classes are led by the Curator of the UCD Classical Museum, with contributions by members of the Schools of Archaeology and Art History. Some sessions may include hands-on learning with artefacts in the Museum's collection or with digital artefacts, and others deal with more theoretical issues about museums and collections as illustrated through case studies. This module will be delivered online and, where possible, face-to-face following health and safety guidelines. Online equivalents will be provided for those unable to attend face-to-face sessions. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Project: Short movie based around learnings/artefacts covered in the module. Training will be provided in use of technology, as well as planning etc. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: Blog post (c.500 words) Week 8 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Museum catalogue entry (c. 500 words) Week 4 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback sheets will be sent to each student for each assessment within 20 working days of submission. Progress reviews of the video assignment will be carried out during trimester, prior to submission. Students are welcome to arrange a meeting with the module coordinator to discuss their grade/feedback on any assessment.

Name Role
Dr Martin Brady Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Neil Carlin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Annalisa Christie Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Emily Mark-Fitzgerald Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Lynda Mulvin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Brendan O'Neill Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

Please note: this module is available to Stage 1 undergraduate students. Therefore, teaching in the Autumn trimester will commence from the week beginning 28 September 2020. 
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Fri 12:00 - 13:50