Heritage, Culture, Museums - Undergrad


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Managing Cultural Organizations

HA 488A (1.5 units)

Note: To register and participate in HA488A, it is expected and strongly recommended that you have a current professional or volunteer role in a cultural organization in order to undertake a range of assignments. Please contact the Program Office or Distance Program Coordinator Miranda Angus directly at if you have any questions or concerns.

January 5 – April 12, 2015; Distance offering

This course provides an overview of current management theory, practice, and issues in cultural organizations. It takes a leadership perspective to managing cultural organizations and assumes that leadership is required from all levels and aspects of an organization. The course begins with an exploration of the role of cultural organizations in society and the complex legal, ethical, and social values that shape our organizations and the people that lead them. Various issues, including leaders and leadership, social relevance and impact, and management systems and tools are discussed. You are challenged to critically analyze the trends and tools at your disposal and the role of your management style and values in guiding planning, decision-making, and evaluation. Over fourteen weeks we will look at different areas of management through the “lens” of leadership. Through a combination of print and Web-based readings, Web links and other resources, we will explore and question theories, models, tools, and best practices. The course is designed to provide you with new tools and perspectives and the opportunity to apply some of them in practice. By sharing your insights with fellow learners, you will build upon your own experience, skills, and knowledge, and critically and creatively meet the challenges facing your organization and the sector.

We will encourage you to explore the practices within your own organizations, the resources in your community, and to seek out and consult with professional colleagues throughout your studies. The assignments have been designed to apply to workplace situations and to reflect “real-life” management requirements. The readings reflect current thinking and management trends and have been selected for their readability and applicability to a cultural context.

Instructor: Carrie Brooks-Joiner is the owner of the consulting firm Carrie Brooks-Joiner & Associates, specializing in supporting the arts, culture and heritage priorities of non-profit organizations and municipalities. Carrie has been active in the non-profit community for almost three decades and brings expertise in strategic planning, governance, policy development, research, community development and facilitation.  Her educational background includes a Masters of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto, a Certificate in Voluntary Sector Management (with distinction) from York University and a certificate in non-profit governance from the McMaster University Governance Institute. 

Registration Deadline: December 8, 2014, late registrations accepted if space permits.

Fee: $630.36 CDN (subject to 2% increase effective May, 2014). A $100 CDN registration deposit, credited toward the total tuition fee, is required by the registration deadline in order to confirm registration in the course. Remaining fees due January 31, 2015. Please refer to our registration and withdrawal policies. UVSS fees will also be assessed to credit students only.



On successful completion of the course you will be able to:


Online/By Distance

Students login to the course and communicate with the instructor and fellow students via the course management system Moodle. For further information about Moodle, visit the Moodle Startup Kit at

Distance Learning Online

For information on online privacy, please see Privacy Consideration in Moodle on the Distance Education Services website.


Course Materials: This course requires the following materials that you must purchase through the UVic Bookstore:

    1. Coursepack of printed readings

NetLink ID: Students must have a working NetLink ID before course start date in order to access the course Moodle website

Technical Requirements: Please see Computer Requirements for Using Moodle on the Distance Education Services website to ensure you have appropriate requirements to access the course Moodle website

Note: If you are planning on accessing your online courses using a mobile device such as a tablet or a smartphone, please note that not all required course features will be accessible with these devices. Your mobile devices can be used to access some of your online course tools; however, to fully function in your online courses, you will need to have access to a computer running Windows or MacOS. Please see the Computer Requirements page on the Distance Education Services website for complete support details.

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Course Code: HA488A