Redesigning the museum studies programme at the University of Helsinki: towards collaborative teaching and learning

Suzie Thomas, Anna Wessman, Eino Heikkilä

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The University of Helsinki has made significant changes to its educational frameworks and degree programmes. For museum studies the changes have been particularly far-reaching. From autumn 2017 onwards there has been a reduction in the total number of study credits available, but also a move from bachelors- to masters-level teaching. This upheaval presented an opportunity to redesign the course in an inclusive way, consulting both with museum professionals and museum studies graduates in Finland and further afield. The resulting courses aim to implement collaboratively the preferences of these consultees, while staying true to the university's own requirements. In this article, we reflect upon the evaluation process and offer insights that we hope are useful both to museum professionals that have (or wish to have) a relationship with a university museum studies programme, and also for the teachers and researchers involved in devising and delivering these programmes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMuseum Management and Curatorship
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)344-364
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Museum studies
  • museology
  • consultation
  • evaluation
  • collaborative teaching
  • University pedagogy

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