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Current issues in archaeological heritage management


Admission requirements

The course is open to MA-students with Archaeological Heritage Management in a World Context as their first or second specialisation and to RMA-students following the track Archaeological Heritage in a Globalising World.


During the course students gain an understanding of the approaches applied in archaeological heritage management, and the research being conducted in a global context.
They also get to know the contemporary debates in archaeological heritage management and what the various standpoints are. We will look into the aims and effects of heritage conventions and charters, of policies and legislation.

We will include the ethical dimension and the social and economic aspects of heritage management. Topics and cases may vary from year to year as they are based on the research foci of the visiting professors, and as they are being adapted to developments in this field of research.

Course objectives

  • Insight in the development of archaeological heritage management (on a global scale and in Europe);

  • Knowledge of various aspects of international archaeological heritage management (such as protecting, managing, interpreting and experiencing heritage);

  • Insight in ethical questions and dilemmas of archaeological resource management from a global and international perspective;

  • Insight in the diversity of opinions, approaches and stakeholders, and the role of the archaeologist in these;

  • Insight in the integrated and holistic approach to heritage management;

  • Insight in current debates in archaeological heritage management;

  • Development of an opinion in writing, by producing an informed opinion-based essay.


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

Mode of instruction

Interactive lectures. The lecturer and students have discussions on the basis of literature that students read to prepare for class.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 28 hours of lectures (2 ects);

  • Literature (1 ects);

  • Final essay (2 ects).

Assessment method

Final paper (100%).

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

Reading list

To be announced.


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


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Compulsory attendance.