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Theoretical approaches in material culture studies


Compulsory attendance


Compulsory attendance


Prerequisites and restrictions

BA in archaeology or related subject.
Admission to the MA programme.


Objects are intimately connected with the social and ideational aspects of society. They are not only reflective of the identity of their makers, but they also, through their role in daily life, structure and reinforce existing social relationships. This will be illustrated by films and lectures. Central will be the reconstruction of the cultural biography of the material world. This materiality of the past will be examined through case studies pertinent to the interests of the participants, emphasizing different current themes of research.

Learning outcomes

  • Insight into the various questions that can be asked regarding the meaning of material culture for past societies;

  • Knowledge of the various theoretical concepts that are important in material culture studies;

  • Ability to apply these concepts to a case study of the student’s choice and presenting this in class.

Mode of delivery

  • Lectures;

  • Seminars.


  • Presentation;

  • Paper.

Reading list

To be announced.

Time schedule

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