Public Archaeology Courses and Degree Programs
 

Public Archaeology Courses

 

        

          Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden

This course taught in English through distance learning techniques explores the romance of archaeology in popular culture and is for everybody fascinated by archaeology. We start with a historical perspective discussing the popular meanings of archaeology and the phenomenon of celebrity archaeologists since the 19th century. Subsequently, students engage with several case-studies illustrating the way archaeology is portrayed in contemporary film, the media, fiction and non-fiction literature, art and advertising.

In the final part of the course students learn assessing to what extent stereotypical portrayals of archaeology in popular culture are harmful or beneficial to both society and archaeology itself. This course uses Adobe Connect Pro for online teaching sessions. 7.5 higher education credits. Technical requirements: This course employs Adobe Connect Pro for online teaching sessions. Technical requirements: Max 3 year old Windows or Macintosh computer. Broadband connection must operate at 0.5 Mbit/s or more but recommended are at least 2 Mbit/s. Web camera and headset with inbuilt microphone are required too. (Courtesy of Cornelius Holtorf)


This course is designed by an archaeologist with twenty years of field experience who has worked with more than 100 Vermont and New York teachers (through classroom presentations, teacher workshops, and student laboratory internships). This draft course syllabus includes a comprehensive list of Archaeology in the Classroom Resources. McLaughlin has also prepared a bibliography of Archaeology Education Resources for the Educator.

  • Communicating Archaeology Seminar Module
    Module #3 from the Archaeological Methods, Theory, and Practice Seminar Course of M.A.T.R.I.X. (Making Archaeology Teaching Relevant in the XXI Century) created by Frances Hayashida. This module covers communication to public and professional audiences as well as the design and context of archaeological research. Four units are covered: writing for the public, speaking to the public, the research proposal, and presenting a proposal for research to a professional or public (local or descendant group) audience.
  • Public Archaeology Seminar Module
    Module #13 from the Archaeological Methods, Theory, and Practice Seminar Course of M.A.T.R.I.X. (Making Archaeology Teaching Relevant in the XXI Century) created by Frances Hayashida. Archaeologists’ responsibilities to the public, reasons for the neglect of these responsibilities, and examples of successful outreach programs form the core of this module.
  • Public Archaeology and Modern Society Lecture-based Lesson
    Module #9 from the Introduction to Archaeology Lecture Course of M.A.T.R.I.X. (Making Archaeology Teaching Relevant in the XXI Century) created by Nancy White. Categorize public archaeology’s many components, including CRM, legal and ethical issues, curation, conservation, looting, stewardship, colonial legacies, and ethics.

Landscape Archaeology Seminar Course Module #18 of M.A.T.R.I.X. (Making Archaeology Teaching Relevant in the XXI Century) created by Elizabeth Kryder-Reid.

  •   Archaeology and the Media: Digital Narratives in, for, and about Archaeology
    Course Syllabus for UC Berkeley Anthropology course 136i taught by Ruth Tringham. Course satisfied departmental methods requirement. "Through the course, students build an expertise in media literacy through a critical awareness of the way in which digital media are used by archaeologists, journalists, TV producers, film producers, and many others to express in a linear narrative format how archaeologists and others construct knowledge about the past and about the many pasts that they have created. The ultimate aim of the course is to enable students to create their own digital narratives from their own research."

  •   Special Topics in Archaeology: Public Archaeology
    This 4 unit course (Anthro 230-i), taught by Paul Farnsworth at UC Berkeley provides an overview of archaeology "in the public interest." Much of the course covers topics usually considered under the heading "cultural resource management" (CRM) but topics such as public outreach and education, the role of museums and universities, employment prospects and training opportunities in archaeology outside the university setting are also covered.

 

Public Archaeology Degree Programs

  •  Graduate Degrees in Applied Anthropology
    The Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida offers M.A and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Anthropology, each of which features a focused track in archaeology. Both programs aim to develop creative scholars and scientists with career interests in academic, public, and private sectors, who will apply their knowledge and skills to contemporary archaeology issues. A holistic view of the four subfields of anthropology, and their relations to other academic disciplines, is emphasized. While appreciating such interdisciplinary ties, students interested in archaeology take five required courses, including Public Archaeology, Foundations of Applied Anthropology, Archaeological Theory, Archaeological Methods, and Quantitative Methods. Students also choose from a broad list of electives, such as Cultural Resources Management, Heritage Tourism, Museum Methods, Historical Archaeology, and Archaeological Science. In addition, we offer numerous courses on the prehistoric and early historic archaeology of several geographic areas, especially in the Americas, but also in other parts of the world. Many external electives are available, with a minimum number required for both M.A. and Ph.D. programs. Students in either degree program may also pursue a concentration in Cultural Resource Management, which allows them to create a more concentrated plan of study in the principles and practices of CRM.

    Course syllabus for Public Archaeology at the University of South Florida
    ANG 6197, Spring 2007, Dr. Tom Pluckhahn (Courtesy of Dr. Christian Wells)

 

  • Postgraduate Masters Programme in Community Archaeology. In October 2010 Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln will launch a new Masters programme in 'Community Archaeology'. The programme provides the critical skills, knowledge and professional background needed to successfully facilitate community archaeology projects, manage interpretation and outreach activities and deliver heritage learning in a range of archaeological situations. Taught using a blended-learning model the course allows students to remain in employment whilst studying. Attendance at the University College, located in the historic city of Lincoln, takes place over five weekends (Friday-Saturday) through the course of the programme with further learning supported by direct contact with tutors and on-line resources. The programme also has exit routes of PG Cert and PG Dip with the full MA awarded on completion of a research-based dissertation. This unique programme builds on the successful Heritage Education MA already offered by the University College. Public archaeology in the UK is changing rapidly and the demand for suitably skilled professionals is growing; act today to gain the skills professional archaeologists and their employers will need tomorrow.The programme is offered on a full-time and part-time basis with affordable fees. For more information contact  Craig Spence

    01522 583775.


 

 

Updated 05/26/10