Science Museology


Course Objective

- Understand and analyse theories, concepts and working principles of
science communication and (exhibit) design in the context of science
- Synthesise ideas for an exhibit on the basis of theories, concepts and
working principles of science communication and (exhibit) design.
- Create and conduct a qualitative user research in a science museum
that meaningfully furthers an exhibit concept.
- Visually and textually present analysis and (user) research-grounded
exhibit design processes and outcomes.
- Reflect on working in an interdisciplinary team on an exhibit design
(process and outcome) for an external commissioner.

Course Content

This course is about designing an exhibit for a science museum. You will
get familiar with theories of science communication in museum settings
and different approaches to exhibit design & development, science
communication in museum contexts, and user research.
Lecturers give insight into the role and work of (1) science
communicators in museums, (2) research(ers) in the field of science
museology, and (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
design assignment is commissioned by a science museum, 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
Faculty. 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 Faculty of Science. Master
students from other universities in any scientific field are welcome as
well. Additional reading may be required.

Additional Information

This course contains guest lecture(s) from and (an) excursion(s) to a
science museum.

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.

Target audiences

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