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Intercultural understanding in Museum Studies

11 September 2013


Museum Studies students come from around the world and have distinct sociocultural identities. Being able to communicate effectively and in culturally sensitive ways is a key element of effective group work carried out as part of the Museum Communication course (exhibition element). Intercultural understanding and respect become part of students’ professional ethos.

The exhibition project facilitates professional development on different levels: it encourages students to reflect on the content and nature of the activities (personal level); it involves working in a team with other UCL departments and external organisations (social level); and it highlights specific items with the domain knowledge base (professional level).

Dr Theano Moussouri, who coordinates the projects, says: 

"My approach is founded on values and principles which produce a range of student benefits and at the same time feature high on key UCL strategies that inform the Internationalisation of the Curriculum."

Below is a video of Theano discussing the enhanced employability that Museum Studies offers its students at a conference, and beneath that are some videos in which her students talk about the course.

The Victoria and Albert Museum's Penny Wilson discusses working in teams and different cultural contexts (video split into two parts):

Part 2:

Amy Wedderburn talks about her work on Open Heritage Days with English Heritage and how UCL's Museum Studies course has taught her to apply knowledge and skills in a different organisational context:

Claire Costin talks about how the UCL Museum Studies course has helped with her work at the British Museum, particularly in understanding how organisations work:

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