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Community Heritage and Public Archaeology


Admission requirements

Admission to the Master Archaeology track Heritage and Museum Studies.


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 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, 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.


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

  • Seminars and discussion groups;

  • Tutorials;

  • Museum or site visits.

Assessment method

  • Assignments, attendance and participation (100%).

Only one assignment can be retaken, and only if all assignments have been submitted. All assignments and the presentation must be passed.

Assessment deadlines

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in MyTimetable.
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Reading list

To be announced on the first day of the course.


Enrolment through MyStudymap is mandatory.

General information about registration can be found on the Course and Exam Enrolment page.


For more information about this course, please contact dr. I.R. (Ian) Simpson or dr. M.H. (Monique) van den Dries.


Compulsory attendance.