Course Objective- Analyze and understand the role of museum exhibits in the field of
- Analyze and understand the role of science communication concepts in
the context of science museums.
- Synthesize theoretical notions of science communication and exhibit
design into ideas for an exhibit experience and exhibit content.
- Create and conduct a qualitative user research method in science
- Integrate the user research outcomes into the exhibit experience and
- Reflect on working for an external commissioner.
Course ContentThis course is about the role of science museums/centers, zoos and
natural history museums in science communication. You will get familiar
with theories of science communication in museum settings, and will be
introduced to different styles of communication, different approaches to
exhibit design & development, and different methods of research and
evaluation of exhibitions.
Lecturers give insight into the role and work of (1) science
communicators in museums and science centers, (2) researchers in the
field of museology, and/or (3) professionals in informal science &
technology learning environments.
Through individual and group assignments you are encouraged to combine
theory and practice, working step-by-step towards an exhibit design. The
group assignments are commissioned by museums and science centers, such
as NEMO, Museon, Naturalis, Delft Science Centre, or Artis.
Home-study for group assignments
Home-study for individual assignments
Method of AssessmentGroup assignments (45%), final presentation (15%), and
individual assessment(s) (40%). For all assignments and assessments
a pass-grade must be obtained.
Entry RequirementsIt is possible to follow the course as an elective course outside of one
of the science communication master specialisations of the Science
In that case, additional reading may be asked from students, depending
on the student's educational background.
LiteratureAcademic articles. Direct links to articles will be provided on
Canvas before the beginning of the course.
Target AudienceOptional course in the Science Communication master specialisation of
most of the two-year master programs of the FALW and FEW faculties.
Master students from other universities in any scientific field are
welcome as well. Additional reading may be required.
Additional InformationGuest lectures from and excursions to for instance NEMO, Artis,
Naturalis, NorthernLight, or Museon, etc.
Recommended background knowledgeWe recommend to follow this course, at least, after having done the
course Science & Communication.
We ask non-SC students to read Van Dam, F., De Bakker, L, & Dijkstra,
A.M. (2014). Wetenschapscommunicatie, een kennisbasis. Boom Lemma
uitgevers. ISBN: 978-94-6236-424-0. Chapters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 en 6. For
English introduction literature, please contact the teaching staff.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
|Course Coordinator||dr. ir. M.G. van der Meij|
|Examiner||dr. ir. M.G. van der Meij|
drs. ir. A. Fraaije
dr. ir. M.G. van der Meij
dr. B.J. Regeer
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Study Group*, Seminar, Fieldwork, Lecture|
*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.
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