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Exploring the dilemmas of Archaeological Heritage Management

Vak 2012-2013

Compulsory attendance

Yes.

Admission requirements

BA-degree (or equivalent) in Archaeology or a relevant discipline, and having successfully concluded the course Discovering the concepts of archaeological heritage management.

Description

This is the second phase of the specialisation on archaeological heritage management. In this phase students will be confronted with issues and dilemmas which they may encounter during their professional career as a heritage manager. We will look into themes like valuation and selection, commercial archaeology, public archaeology and tourism, community archaeology, looting and repatriation, etc. These themes will be introduced by lectures, some from (international) experts and practitioners from the field.
The students study in depth a particular theme and a case study, which they discuss with fellow students. Students also write a review of the discussion.

Course objectives

  • In-depth understanding of various aspects of international heritage management (such as protecting, managing, interpreting and experiencing the heritage);
  • In-depth understanding of the dilemmas of archaeological resource management in practice;
  • Insight into the diversity of opinions, approaches and stakeholders, and the role of the archaeologist in these;
  • Awareness of the relation of topics (such as protecting, managing, interpreting and experiencing the heritage) to wider debates;
  • Have a critical view into the current debates;
  • Ability to analyse and discuss literature;
  • Ability to voice one’s own well-argumented opinion, through discussion of case studies;
  • Ability to express one’s own well-argumented opinion in a review.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7×2 hours of lectures;
  • 280 pages of literature;
  • Review.

Timetable

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

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;
  • Discussion.

Assessment method

  • Discussion;
  • Review.

Assessment deadline

The review must be finished in the course of block 2.

Reading list

  • G. Fairclough, R. Harrison, J.H. Jameson Jnr & J. Schofield (eds), The Heritage Reader. New York: Routledge (2008).
  • Additional articles.

Registration

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

Contact information

For more information about this course, please contact mw dr M.H. van den Dries.