Courses

The courses listed below are provided by Student Information Services (SIS). This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Course registration information can be found Student Information Services (SIS) website.

Please consult the online course catalog for complete course information.

AS.389.410 - Sharing Knowledge: Participatory Archives, Collaborative Storytelling, and Social Justice

This course introduces students to collaborative humanities projects that encourage democratic participation among publics more broadly conceived than the academy. We investigate indigenous research methods; collaborative oral history and ethnography; interactive theater; and community archives. Final projects draw on the university’s archival, museum, and library collections.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Plaster, Joseph
Term: Fall 2019
Meetings: Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Open

AS.389.240 - Archaeological Museum Practicum: Collections Management

Students will learn current procedures for surveying, cataloguing, documenting and rehousing collections using objects from the Archaeological Museum. This is a hands-on practicum course working closely with museum staff.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Balachandran, Sanchita
Term: Fall 2019
Meetings: F 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.389.201 - Introduction to the Museum: Past and Present

This course surveys museums, from their origins to their most contemporary forms, in the context of broader historical, intellectual, and cultural trends including the social movements of the 20th century. Anthropology, art, history, and science museums are considered. Cross-listed with History and History of Art.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Kingsley, Jennifer P
Term: Fall 2019
Meetings: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Status: Reserved Open

AS.010.424 - Art and Colonialism: Nineteenth-century India

This seminar explores the technologies of colonial power, from small ephemeral watercolor images of religious processions to massive multi-volume photographic projects documenting the “people of India,” and extending to the establishment of new urban and architectural spaces, archaeological museums, and art schools, the circulation of diplomatic art collections, and the commissioning of survey data. We will engage with the anti-colonial movements of resistance and uprising that took place across this century, examining the central participation of modern artists with these political movements, and explore the way this period fundamentally shaped the foundations for the study of South Asian art and archaeology. Readings will include colonial and postcolonial theory, Orientalism, historiography; we will be actively working with materials in the library’s Special Collections.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Brown, Rebecca Mary
Term: Fall 2019
Meetings: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Open

AS.389.379 - Interpreting Historic Sites for the 21st Century

Students go behind the scenes at JHU’s own Evergreen Museum and Library to investigate how historic sites design spaces for learning, community engagement, leisure, as well as for exhibitions and special events. Students consider the history of Evergreen and its inhabitants and create concepts for how to engage communities in that history and story. Multiple class meetings take place at the Evergreen Museum.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Maloney, Elizabeth
Term: Fall 2019
Meetings: W 1:30PM - 5:00PM
Status: Open

AS.389.103 - Freshman Seminar: Baltimore's Museums

In this field-trip based class students will have the chance to apply a critical lens to the rich cultural resources of Baltimore. Many types of museums—from traditional art museums to historic sites to brand new commercial enterprises—will be considered.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Kingsley, Jennifer P
Term: Fall 2019
Meetings: T 1:30PM - 5:00PM
Status: Canceled

AS.100.140 - Freshman Seminar: Displacement: A History of U.S. Cities from Urban Renewal to Gentrification

“Displacement” explores historical conflicts over urban planning, clearance, and redevelopment. Students will conduct archival research and contribute to an online exhibit that develops the histories of displaced Baltimore neighborhoods.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Speller, Morris Elsmere Longley
Term: Fall 2019
Meetings: Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Open

AS.010.307 - Diplomats, Dealers, and Diggers: The Birth of Archaeology and the Rise of Collecting from the 19th c. to Today

The development of archaeology in the Middle East – its history of explorers, diplomats, missionaries and gentlemen-scholars – profoundly shaped the modern world, from the creation of new museums and the antiquities market to international relations and terrorism.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Feldman, Marian
Term: Fall 2019
Meetings: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Status: Open

AS.389.357 - Heaven on Earth: Art, Power, and Wonder in the Vatican from Antiquity to the Enlightenment

A material cultural exploration of the Vatican from the founding of St. Peter’s basilica in antiquity to the establishment of the Vatican Library and Museums in the Renaissance and Enlightenment.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Havens, Earle Ashcroft, II.
Term: Fall 2019
Meetings: T 3:00PM - 5:30PM
Status: Open

AS.010.334 - Problems in Art of the Ancient Americas

Following a historical narrative that traces the formation of princely collections in the sixteenth century, to the establishment of national museums in the nineteenth, this course surveys the acts of collecting, preserving, interpreting, and appropriating ancient American art. Draws on case studies from North America, Mesoamerica, and the Andes. Collections study in museums.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Staff
Term: Fall 2019
Meetings: TTh 3:00PM - 4:15PM
Status: Canceled

AS.389.521 - Capstone in Museums and Society

The Capstone allows students to develop and carry out their own, hands-on research project in a museum, collection, archive, or other living resource. Final projects must involve some form of public presentation (exhibition, lecture, poster, web-based, etc.) and a work of self-reflection (journal, brief paper, blog, or other). Projects must be approved and overseen by a supervising faculty member and approved by the Program's Director, in keeping with the University's Independent Work Policy. Instructor permission required.

Credits: 1.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Kingsley, Jennifer P
Term: Fall 2019
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.389.501 - Independent Study-Museums & Society

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Kingsley, Jennifer P
Term: Fall 2019
Meetings:
Status: Approval Required

AS.211.329 - Museums and Identity

The museum boom of the last half-century has centered largely around museums dedicated to the culture and history of identity groups, including national, ethnic, religious, and minority groups. In this course we will examine such museums and consider their long history through a comparison of the theory and practice of Jewish museums with other identity museums. We will study the various museological traditions that engage identity, including the collection of art and antiquities, ethnographic exhibitions, history museums, heritage museums, art museums, and other museums of culture. Some of the questions we will ask include: what are museums for and who are they for? how do museums shape identity? and how do the various types of museums relate to one another? Our primary work will be to examine a variety of contemporary examples around the world with visits to local museums including the Jewish Museum of Maryland, the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of the American Indian.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Spinner, Samuel Jacob
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: TTh 3:00PM - 4:15PM
Status: Open

AS.389.340 - Critical Issues in Art Conservation

The course examines recent controversies in the conservation of major global art works and sites, raising questions concerning the basic theoretical assumptions, practical methods and ethical implications of art conservation. Cross-Listed with History of Art and Anthropology

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Balachandran, Sanchita
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: F 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Open

AS.389.242 - Museum Education: From Contested Knowledge to Reflective Narrative

This practicum course critically considers current art and history museum education practices and explores social justice discourses through museum visits, visitor studies, and museum learning strategies.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Rose, Julia
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Open

AS.389.303 - World of Things

The course introduces and applies new concepts about materials, and materiality to museum objects. It treats the museum as a site for investigating the relationship between people and things.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Kingsley, Jennifer P
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Open

AS.389.420 - Curatorial Seminar

In collaboration with a local museum, conceptualize and develop an exhibition, potentially including but not limited to: checklists, exhibition texts, interpretive strategies, and programming. Exhibition theme varies year to year. Concepts, ethics and practicalities of curation are key concerns. Research visits to regional museums and private collections as relevant.

Credits: 4.00
Instructor: Kingsley, Jennifer P
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: Th 4:15PM - 6:45PM
Status: Closed

AS.389.250 - Conservation of Material Culture: Art, Artifacts and Heritage Sites

This course will introduce students to the field of art conservation through the study of paintings, paper, books, objects, contemporary sculpture and historic preservation. Topics covered will include: methods of manufacture, agents of deterioration, preservation initiatives, conservation treatment and ethics, and conservation science. Cross-listed with History of Art. Class usually meets at 1:30 - 3:50 PM, except for days with field trips.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Trusheim, Lorraine
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: W 1:30PM - 5:00PM
Status: Closed

AS.389.502 - Independent Study- Museum and Society

Credits: 1.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Kingsley, Jennifer P
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings:
Status: Closed

AS.389.202 - Introduction to the Museum: Issues and Ideas

Museums face practical, political and ethical challenges, including economic difficulties, debates over interpretation of culture and pressure to demonstrate social value. This course considers how museums are answering these challenges. Extra time is to allow for field trip travel - most days class runs 1:30-3:50

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Forloney, Robert
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: M 1:30PM - 5:00PM
Status: Open

AS.389.325 - Women of the Book: Female Mystics, Miracles, and Material Culture in Early Modern Europe

Students will study and assess JHU’s new, unparalleled rare book and manuscript collection about the spiritual lives of women at the crossroads of religious mysticism, miracles, and material culture, 1450-1800.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Havens, Earle Ashcroft, II.
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: T 3:00PM - 5:30PM
Status: Open

AS.389.378 - Collections Remix

The course invites students to mine the archival, literary and cultural collections of the university for materials that reflect African-American experiences and stage campus interventions based on their findings. Participates in the Housing Our Story: Archival Justice for Black Baltimore project. M&S Practicum..

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Kingsley, Jennifer P
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings: F 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Canceled

AS.389.522 - Capstone in Museum and Society

The Capstone allows students to develop and carry out their own, hands-on research project in a museum, collection, archive, or other living resource. Final projects must involve some form of public presentation (exhibition, poster, web-based, etc.) and a work of self-reflection (journal, brief paper, blog, or other). Projects must be approved and overseen by a supervising faculty member and approved by the Program's Director, in keeping with the University's Independent Work Policy. Department permission required.

Credits: 1.00 - 3.00
Instructor: Kingsley, Jennifer P
Term: Spring 2019
Meetings:
Status: Closed