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Theory seminar


Admission requirements

Participation in the Honours College Track Archaeology.


In this module, the participating Honours College students attend a series of guest lectures (once every 2 weeks) about a relevant archaeological theme.
The idea is to focus more on the theoretical aspects of the chosen theme, to discuss them and incorporate them in a reflective paper. The participating students are divided into teams and instructed to choose a sub-theme within the main theme, draw up a bibliography about this theme, study these texts and convert this into a paper in English. This paper will eventually be presented at the end of block 3.

Course objectives

  • Insight into a current theoretical theme in archaeology;

  • Learn to express theoretical concepts and defend theoretical opinions, both verbally and in writing;

  • Present a theoretical discussion;

  • Write an academic paper.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture;

  • Seminar.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7× 2 hours of lectures and seminars;

  • +/- 250 pages of literature;

  • 4,000-word paper;

  • 15-minute presentation.

Assessment method

  • Presentation;

  • Assignments;

  • Paper.

Reading list

To be handed out during class.


For more information about this course, please contact dr. M.S. de Waal.