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Heritage and Society (BA)

Programme structure

Study all aspects of cultural heritage from an archaeological prespective.

Programme outline

As a first year bachelor's student you will follow a number of general courses, laying the foundation of the knowledge and general skills that every heritage expert needs.

The general courses in the second year focus on, for example, the deep history of humanity, as well as the archaeology of empire and early globalisation. The remainder of your programme consists of subjects from your specialisation in Heritage and Society.

Programme Heritage and Society

Aside from the general courses, you will follow the Heritage and Society specific subjects on heritage preservation, the role of museums in contemporary society, and the influence of globalisation on heritage and identity. 

Your first year consists of the following courses:

Vaknaam EC
Introduction to Heritage Studies 10
Masterial Studies 5
Past and Future 5
The Early Modern Era 5
Landscape Dynamics 10
World Archaeology 15
Social Science Research in Practice 10


Some courses in the spotlights

Introduction to Heritage Studies

This course is an introduction to the themes and methods of critical heritage studies as an interdisciplinary field of study. It introduces what cultural heritage is, how it is managed, and questions of who shapes and controls heritage and for what purpose.

The Early Modern Era

This course is an introduction to world history from the late Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution. It is a survey course of the main events and concepts in world history that are relevant to the study and practice of Heritage Studies in the present day.

Social Science Research in Practice

This course focuses on acquiring practical knowledge of data collection procedures in social science research and on contextualising scientific research within certain knowledge paradigms. Students will learn how to formulate questions, collect data, apply specific methods and techniques of research and to look critically at the relationship between data and knowledge..

Museums in Contemporary Societies

This courses explores the world of museums. You will focus on current debates and challenges in museums, such as repatriation and restitution; communities, participation and museums; institutional partnerships and collaborative practices; migration and dialogue; and conflict and reconciliation. The course incorporates museum visits where possible.

Want to know more?

Check out the Prospectus for Heritage and Society for detailed information about the courses. Please note that this is the course overview for 2019-2020. Since the programme has been launched in September 2018, there is no detailed overview of the courses of the third year yet.

Elective options

A minor is a related, logical package of subjects. A well-chosen  minor allows you to broaden your knowledge, insights and skills and to apply your experiences in your chosen field. Choosing the right minor also gives you the opportunity to prepare for the master's that you want to take after your bachelor's, so that you can increase the likelihood of gaining a place in the master's you would like to follow.

Spending some time abroad is a great opportunity to expand your horizon. You can go abroad in search of specific, specialist knowledge that is not available in Leiden.
On a personal level you will learn many skills that are also useful when verturing onto the job market, whether it's being creative in finding solutions, or learning a foreign language. On the current job market, an international mindset a highly sought-after commodity.

What will it be: England, France, Italy or another exciting place?

More about studying abroad

At the Faculty of Archaeology, internships are mandatory parts of the programme, and can take many forms.

Internships consist of fieldwork in the Netherlands or abroad, but the options are not limited to excavating. You can also arrange an internship in a museum, a laboratory, agency, or city council, according to your interests, specialisations, and the type of work you would like to do after your studies.

More about Archaeology internships

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