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Andean culture history


Compulsory attendance


Prerequisites and restrictions

BA degree (or equivalent) in archaeology or another relevant discipline.


This course gives an analysis of the cultural, linguistic and social developments in the Andean region from precolonial and colonial times till the present, following the essays in a handbook with additional recent literature.
This seminar may be combined with study of Inca language (Quechua), literature and worldview (courses taught regularly by dr. S. van de Kerke, Faculty of Humanities).

Learning ooutcomes

  • Knowledge of current research and debates in Andean culture history;

  • Ability to critically assess current research on this topic and voice one’s properly argumented opinion;

  • Ability to connect research on living Native American cultures with historical research questions;

  • Ability to choose a research topic, find relevant literature, present this via a PowerPoint presentation and being able to handle a stimulating discussion afterwards;

  • Ability to write a paper on one’s research topic, with expression of a critical assessment of the literature and one’s own properly argumented opinion, making use of the feedback received with the presentation.

Mode of delivery

Seminar. Students give presentations about essays of the handbook, with their own evaluation, based on other recent literature. General discussion. Comments by the teacher.


  • Active participation;

  • Presentations;

  • Written assignments (including a paper).

Reading list

  • F. Salomon & S. Schwartz, _The Cambridge History of Native American Peoples: South America _(2 vols). Cambridge University Press (1999);

  • Additional literature to be announced.

Time schedule

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