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Exploring the dilemmas of Archaeological Heritage Management

Vak 2015-2016

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 such as 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.

Students will do an in-depth study of a particular theme and case study, which they will discuss with their fellow students from the course. Students will write a review of the discussion in which they relate the discussed issues to the introduction lecture and to current debates in the literature.

The course is open to RMA-students. Although participating in the same sessions, their assignment will be different. Each RMA-student will lead and supervise a meeting in which their fellow students discuss one of the topics. At the end of the meeting they reflect on the discussion and provide feedback on the contents to the group.
In addition to this, they will write a different type of review, in which they focus on the multidisciplinary aspects of the discussed theme.

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 written review.

For RMA-students, in addition to the above:

  • Ability to quickly assess a discussion (contents and style) and to relate it to the assignment and literature;
  • Ability to give feedback to a group of peers (peer review);
  • Ability to assess the multidisciplinary elements of a discussion in a written review.

Timetable

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

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;
  • Discussion.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7×2 hours of lectures (1 ects);
  • 250 pages of literature (2 ects);
  • Review of 1,000 words and group assignment (2 ects).

Assessment method

  • Leading a discussion (40%);
  • Review (40%);
  • Participation in discussions (20%).
    If the final mark is 6 or higher, a retake cannot be given for separate elements of the assessment.

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

Reading list

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

Registration

Registration for the course is not necessary, registration for the exam is mandatory. For instructions, see the Registration in uSis page.

Contact

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

Remarks

Compulsory attendance.