Workplace Learning (Theme: The Roles of Design, Installation, and Outreach in Developing Exhibitions) (HIST*3480) | College of Arts

Workplace Learning (Theme: The Roles of Design, Installation, and Outreach in Developing Exhibitions) (HIST*3480)

Code and section: HIST*3480*02

Term: Winter 2023

Instructor: Melissa McAfee


Mode of Delivery:


Weekly Course Format: 

1 * 2hr 40 min 

Course Synopsis:  

Archival & Special Collections’ distinguished and extensive holdings of rare books and manuscripts on the Jacobites will be the subject of an exhibition, which will be launched in March 2023. The Jacobites were supporters of the exiled James II (King of England, Scotland, and Ireland) and his descendants in their attempts to restore the Stuart monarchy. 

The exhibition will be installed in the Exhibition Gallery on the second floor of McLaughlin Library during the Winter 2023 term. Students in this workplace learning course, will participate in the process of fabricating, installing, designing, promoting, and organizing the launch of the exhibition, which was developed by student curators in Dr. Kevin James’ HIST 3560 experiential learning course during the Fall 2022 term. Students will also create an online exhibition based on the contents of the physical exhibition. The online exhibition will include an additional section created by the students in this class on the materiality of selected resources in the exhibition.

Learning Objectives: 

By the end of this course, you will acquire:

  1. skills and knowledge on the fabrication, installation, and design of a physical exhibition of rare books and manuscripts
  2. knowledge of professional standards for preservation, handling and using rare books and manuscripts 
  3. knowledge of the materiality, rarity, and value of the Jacobite Collection 
  4. skills and knowledge on the creation of  an online exhibition 
  5. knowledge of how to promote and launch an exhibition 
  6. knowledge of project management; collaboration with peers, academics, and others; and time management

Methods of Evaluation and Weights:

35% - Class participation and reflective essays
25% - Fabrication, installation, design, and promotion of the physical exhibition 
25% - Online Exhibition Project 
15% - Written analysis of the materiality, rarity, and value of one resource in the exhibition

Texts and/or Resources Required:

None. All readings on the syllabus and/or through CourseLink 

**Please note: This is a preliminary web course description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.**