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Orientation seminar



Bachelor year 1.

Admission requirements

Participation in the Honours College Track Archaeology.


The first year of standard Bachelor programmes mainly consists of lectures with a tutorial set-up. To supplement these classes, the Honours College track Archaeology offers students the opportunity to meet faculty staff and other archaeologists in top positions in Dutch archaeology and related disciplines.

In this tutorial, consisting of 7 guest lectures, current items and issues in archaeology are addressed. The lectures consist of a 45-minute introductory lecture followed by a 45-minute discussion on the subject. Each lecturer will present his/her own current research and describe how he/she came up with the subject.

Active student participation is expected. For each guest lecture, 2 discussion points or questions (based on the literature) must be turned in. The students introduce the guest lecturers, collect all discussion points and questions and send a summary/’common denominator’ (max. 1 A4) to the guest lecturer. Also, they chair the discussion.

The lecture ends in a group context with an academic poster about one of the subjects addressed. In addition, the participating students present the poster during the Reuvensdagen congress or another relevant conference (to be approved by coordinator).

Course objectives

  • Introduction to the various aspects of archaeology, with both social and academic themes;

  • Ability to take a stand in a discussion and learn to express and defend opinions;

  • Make a poster presentation.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures and seminars;

  • Poster presentation (make and present);

  • Archaeological conference participation (e.g. Reuvensdagen).

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 14 hours of lectures;

  • Max. 500 pages of literature;

  • Poster;

  • Congress participation.

Assessment method

Academic poster.

The deadline for submission will be announced in the course outline on BlackBoard.

Reading list

To be handed out during class.


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


Compulsory attendance.