Science Museology


Course Objective

- Analyze and understand the role of museum exhibits in the field of
science communication.
- 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
museum settings.
- Integrate the user research outcomes into the exhibit experience and
exhibit content.
- Reflect on working for an external commissioner.

Course Content

This 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.

Teaching Methods

Home-study for group assignments
Home-study for individual assignments
Field work

Method of Assessment

Group assignments (45%), final presentation (15%), and
individual assessment(s) (40%). For all assignments and assessments
a pass-grade must be obtained.

Entry Requirements

It 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.


Academic articles. Direct links to articles will be provided on
Canvas before the beginning of the course.

Target Audience

Optional 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 Information

Guest lectures from and excursions to for instance NEMO, Artis,
Naturalis, NorthernLight, or Museon, etc.

Recommended background knowledge

We 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.

General Information

Course Code AM_470590
Credits 6 EC
Period P3
Course Level 500
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
Teaching Staff drs. ir. A. Fraaije
dr. ir. M.G. van der Meij
dr. B.J. Regeer

Practical Information

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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