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Debates in Classical and Mediterranean archaeology


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 revolves around current and emerging themes in Classical and Mediterranean research. The series of lectures will offer a stimulating environment for introducing new approaches and addressing key themes in the field of Classical and Mediterranean archaeology.

Course objectives

This course provides information on current research directions, methods and theories. A choice of themes will be introduced by experts in the field, and studied and discussed in class by the participants. The aim of the course is to stimulate discussion and encourage students to formulate and express their own views in class, and to develop a sustained argument on paper.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7×2 hours of lectures (1 ects);

  • 280 pages of literature (2ects);

  • Essays and presentation including preparation (2 ects).


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

Mode of instruction

The students will study texts for each theme and prepare questions for the speakers. Students will present short papers related to the topics in class. The course will conclude with a PechaKucha event, consisting of short and concise presentations (c. 6 minutes each) by all students.

The course is open to MA and RMA-students. Although participating in the same course, their tasks will be different. RMA-students are expected to demonstrate a more comprehensive approach to the topics under discussion. This should be reflected in both active participation and written assignment. RMA-students are expected to make use of a more specific bibliography and develop their argument within a wider comparative and theoretical framework.

Assessment method

  • Short presentation (15%);

  • Written assignment (5,000 words) (70%);

  • Active participation in the class discussion (15%).

Assessment deadline

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the examination schedule.

Reading list

A relevant bibliography will be announced via Blackboard.


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.

Contractonderwijs: all information (costs, registration, entry requirements, etc.) for those who are interested in taking this course as a Contractstudent is on the Contractonderwijs Archeologie webpage (in Dutch).

Contact information

For more information about this course, please contact mw. dr. J.J. Stöger.