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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.


During the course you will learn how we communicate the past and research about the past to a variety of audiences including, but not limited to, other academics, journalists, kids, and the wider public.
We will discuss science communication practices related to social media, press releases, video content, podcasts, scientific writing for the public, as well as interdisciplinary academic communication and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

The main goal of this course is to give you some basic experience in science communication by means of several assignments.

Course set-up

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

Course objectives

After the course, the student has:

  • Practiced the basics of science communication such as pitching one's own research;

  • Practiced writing a press release about research;

  • Pacticed several different creative techniques of communicating the past;

  • Gained insight into the concept of popular science and science communication;

  • Acquired the skills to be able to: develop creative content for communicating the past to a wider audience (e.g. videos, podcasts, social media content); develop content for communicating research about the past to other disciplines (e.g. press release; elevator pitch).


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

  • Lectures;

  • Tutorials and group projects;

  • Creative projects.

Assessment method

  • Participation in weekly projects (20%);

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

  • Final project (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.


For lectures, tutorials, and exams, enrolment through MyStudymap is mandatory.
You are also required to confirm your exam in MyStudymap. No confirmation = no participation!

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


For more information about this course, please contact dr. A. (Aris) Politopoulos.


Compulsory attendance. Attendance will be administrated by each lecturer. Students can miss no more than one class.