Heritage in Context


Course Objective

After the successful completion of this course, you will:
o have acquired basic knowledge of the theoretical foundations of the
field of heritage studies and its relation to archaeology and ancient
o have gained a basic knowledge of the practice and structure of
heritage management, both nationally (the Netherlands) and
o understand the ideological, political, social and economic values
related to heritage and their interaction
o understand the ways in which different media (academic books, popular
books, museums, websites, apps, games) present information on heritage
o be able to develop a critical attitude towards the major paradigms in

Course Content

In this course students are made familiar with the main (inter)national
political and public debates regarding heritage management and practice.
Emphasis will be on the identification of different heritage categories
(tangible and intangible) and above all heritage paradigms, from
protectionist, conservationist traditions to the most recent
developmental approaches, focusing the contribution of heritage to
socio-economic and spatial development. Central concepts are: heritage,
landscape, value, authenticity, appropriation, public participation,
conflict, tourism. These will be illustrated and explained through a
series of case studies in seminar classes. In the course, particular
attention will be paid to the specific role of archaeological heritage
in the broader heritage discourse and frameworks.

Teaching Methods

Classes are being taught twice a week: 2 x 2 hrs.

Each week the first session will consist of a lecture (2 hrs) dealing
with a specific theme on a theoretical and practical level, creating an
overview of the theme. For each class,reading selected parts of the
handbook is compulsory.
The second weekly session is a seminar. Students will address specific
case studies related to the theme of the lecture class, through specific
articles, presentations and site visits.

Method of Assessment

The assigned literature and lecture classes will be assessed by an exam
at the end
of the course. This will consist of 50% of the grade.
The seminar classes on a specific topic will be assessed by weekly
assignments. Together, these assignments constitute 50% of the grade.


Literature will be made available through the Canvas page

Target Audience

BA students in Archaeology
BA Students in Ancient Studies
BA Students in Cultural Heritage
BA students in Urban studies and Geography

General Information

Course Code L_AABAAXO201
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. G.J.M. van Wijngaarden
Examiner dr. G.J.M. van Wijngaarden
Teaching Staff dr. G.J.M. van Wijngaarden

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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