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Introduction to Heritage Studies 2


Admission requirements

Introduction to Heritage Studies 1 obtained.


This course is an introduction to the main theories and concepts currently used in working with museums and collections.
Students will learn about historical aspects of museology, such as the long-term histories of collections, colonialism and looting, and the emergence of national museums in the 19th century; as well as concepts and issues pertaining to the practical work of museums, such as curatorship in the 21st century, restitution and repatriation, exhibition and representation, ownership and stewardship of museums and collections, among others.

We will focus on museums and collections of archaeology, anthropology, and natural history. There will be one museum visit during the course (pandemic permitting) and/or a conversation with a museum curator.

Course set-up

  • 2-hour class: lecture and discussion;

  • 2-hour tutorial.

Course objectives

  • To familiarise students with the state-of-the-art discussions and practices of museum and collection work;

  • To present an overview of research topics and possibilities pertaining to museum work, so that students can be well-informed when later choosing classes/internships in this field.


Course schedule details can be found in MyTimetable.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Class discussions;

  • Museum visit.

You will take part in tutorial sessions, coordinated by Teaching Assistants (TAs). During these tutorials, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversations about various research topics. Alongside the TAs, the lecturers will also occasionally participate in the tutorials.

Course load

  • 12 hours of lectures (1 ec);

  • 12 hours of tutorials/seminars (1 ec);

  • 200 pages of literature (1.5 ec);

  • Final assignment (1.5 ec).

Assessment method

  • Final exam (individual): multiple-choice and open essay questions (50%);

  • Final assignment (in group) (50%).

Assessment deadlines

All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in MyTimetable.
Log in with your ULCN account, and add this course using the 'Add timetable' button. To view the assessment deadline(s), make sure to select the course with a code ending in T and/or R.

The final assignment is due 4 weeks after the end of the course.

Reading list

  • N. Thomas (2016), The Return of Curiosity: What Are Museums Good For in the 21st century?;

  • Other books and articles will be announced.

There is no need to purchase books, access will be provided.


The Administration Office will register all Archaeology BA1 students in uSis for their lectures and tutorials.
If you are not in Archaeology BA1, you can register for this course by e-mailing the Administration Office. Use your uMail, messages sent from private mail accounts cannot be verified and will not be processed.

Registration in uSis automatically leads to enrollment in the corresponding Brightspace module. Therefore you do not need to enroll in Brightspace.

The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, you are not required to do this in uSis.


For more information about this course, please contact dr. M. (Mariana) de Campos Françozo.


We plan a museum visit, if possible – NMWC or RMO, which accept students’ cards for free entry.