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Science Communication: Archaeology in the 21st Century


Admission requirements

Bachelor Archaeology first year obtained, plus 30 ec from the remaining BA Archaeology programme.


The course will focus on teaching you how to communicate research to a variety of audiences, from communicating to an academic audience, to communicating to the general public.

You will:

  • Learn about some of the various ways of communicating science, to both an academic audience and a non-academic audience;

  • Reflect on current practices and reflect on why communicating within and outside academia is crucial;

  • Be given the opportunity to practise several different communication media with a diversity of teachers.

Course set-up

Weekly meetings, up to 4 hours each with various practical hands-on exercises before, during and after class.

Course objectives

After the course, the student has:

  • Practised several different techniques of research communication aimed at both an academic as well as at a non-academic audience;

  • Gained insight into the concept of popular science and science communication to a wider public.

The student has acquired the skills to be able to:

  • Write and deliver “elevator-pitches” and significance statement for academic research;

  • Use some of the recently developed ways of communicating sciences to the public.


Course schedule details can be found in MyTimetable.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Tutorial;

  • Flipped classroom: the students prepare before class by doing a pre-class assignment, come to class to reflect on their experience, and do an after-class assignment to put into practice what was discussed during class.

Course load

  • 21 hours of lectures and tutorials (1.5 ec);

  • Weekly assignments (2.5 ec);

  • Final assessment (paper) (1 ec).

Assessment method

  • Participation in weekly assignments (20%);

  • Participation in weekly peer-reviews and class attendance (20%);

  • Final assignment prepared during weekly assignment (60%).

A retake is only possible for the final essay, and only if all other requirements have been met, including attendance and submission of all assignments.

Assessment deadlines

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in MyTimetable.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button. To view the assessment deadline(s), make sure to select the course with a code ending in T and/or R.

Reading list

To be found on Brightspace.


Registration in uSis is mandatory. You can register for this course until 5 days before the first class.

Registration in uSis automatically leads to enrollment in the corresponding Brightspace module. Therefore you do not need to enroll in Brightspace, but make sure to register for this course in uSis.

You are required to register for all lectures and tutorials well in time. The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, you are not required to do this in uSis.


For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr. M.A. (Marie) Soressi.