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Advanced Community Heritage and Public Archaeology


Admission requirements

Admission to the Research Master Archaeology programme.


This course addresses advanced topics in heritage studies. It applies critical and social theory to rethink heritage in practice, and explores the relationship between communities and global heritage issues.

We will study foundational concepts as they are applied to studying community, universalism, and global-local interconnections, as well as topics including sustainable development, marginalised communities, migration, displacement, and environmental issues.

Course objectives

  • Understanding and a working knowledge of both theoretical and practical approaches to central issues in the field of heritage studies and community engagement and participation;

  • Ability to critically engage with global challenges that underpin heritage debate, identity, destruction and protection of cultural heritage;

  • Understanding assumptions embedded in policy and in universal and globalised discourses and practices;

  • Ability to coordinate and lead working groups;

  • Ability to encourage and conduct stimulating discussions as well as to give feedback to other students;

  • Ability to plan original research in or with communities that include innovative theoretical reflections and participatory methodologies;

  • Ability to connect broader themes in advanced heritage and museum studies to one's own RMA research questions.


Course schedule details can be found in MyTimetable.
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Mode of instruction

  • Seminars and discussion groups;

  • Tutorials;

  • Museum visits.

Course load

  • 7 x 2 hours of tutorials and seminars (1 ec);

  • 280 pages of literature (2 ec);

  • 1 presentation (0,5 ec);

  • 2 written assignments (1,5 ec).

Assessment method

  • Assignments (64%);

  • Presentation (30%);

  • Attendance and participation (6%).

Only one assignment can be retaken, and only if all assignments have been submitted.

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 announced on the first day of the course.


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 dr. I.R. (Ian) Simpson.


Compulsory attendance.