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Advanced 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

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

  • Gaining knowledge on various aspects of international archaeological heritage management (like protecting, managing, interpreting and experiencing heritage);

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

  • Gaining insight into the diversity of opinions, approaches and stakeholders, and the role of the archaeologist in these;

  • Gaining insight into the integrated and holistic approach to heritage management;

  • Gaining insight into current debates in archaeological heritage management;

  • Develop an opinion in writing by writing an informed opinion-based essay;

  • Develop an original, creative approach in the final paper;

  • Discuss in the final paper the ethical-social aspects of the essay topic for society.


Course schedule details can be found in the RMA 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

  • 28 hours of lectures (2 ects);

  • Literature (1 ects);

  • Final paper (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.