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Advanced methods and theory


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

Degree students (including Dutch BA graduates): BA degree (or equivalent) in Archaeology or a relevant discipline.
SAP and Exchange Students: BA degree. Admission only after formal application.


This course is based on class discussions preceded by guided reading for all participants. For each of the sessions which follow the Introductory Session, the class will be asked to study certain chapters of The Blackwell Companion to Archaeology plus additional reading. The sessions will discuss: Integrative Method & Theory; Archaeology & Postmodernity; Archaeology as a Science; Archaeology as Politics; Archaeology & Globalisation, and Archaeology & Society.

Course objectives

  • Development of in-depth knowledge of the most important issues and debates in current archaeological theory;

  • Critical view on these issues and debates in current archaeological theory;

  • Evaluation of the relevance of these issues and debates for his/her own research.


Course schedule details can be found in the MA time schedule.

Mode of instruction

At each session the student will present a 600-word commentary on what has been read for that week, and will use this to assist contribution to the debate in class.

Assessment method

The assessment is based on the grading of five weekly short papers and the participation in the discussion.

Reading list

To be announced.


Register for this course via uSis.
Instructions for registration can be found in the uSis manual.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

For more information about this course, please contact dr M.J. Versluys.