Course Description and Aims
This course is designed to rigorously introduce CyI doctoral students to key themes and topics in cultural heritage and archaeological research. Furthermore, this graduate seminar aims at addressing the ways interdisciplinary methodologies and applications can help enhance research work in an array of fields in the humanities and the social sciences with a focus on cultural heritage and archaeology. Students are encouraged to think outside the methodological boundaries of traditional disciplines and to be better aware of the research potential available in the use of cross-disciplinary approaches and applications.
Within the seminar’s framework, course directors will engage current topics in scholarship appropriately chosen to meet the needs and interests of participating students. In turn, students will be expected to fittingly develop projects on focused topics that permit the effective use of interdisciplinary theories and methods. Optimally, participants’ course projects will be directly related to their PhD research field. As such, one of the key goals of the course is to help students produce a solid research paper by the end of the semester; thus offering them the opportunity to utilize this paper in their doctoral research as well as to use it as a sample of their work for funding and scholarship applications.
Besides lecture topics offered by the instructor and guest lecturers, the course is primarily student-driven with each participant assuming a class research topic. In Class 3 of the course, students will be expected to submit a maximum 2-page outline of their course topic. Besides introducing students to the course’s basic themes, concepts of research, thesis writing and presentation, the hours of class will be used for student presentations, site and fieldwork visits.
This semester long course will be organized in 3-hour weekly meetings which will be devoted to lectures offered by the course tutor and guest lecturers as well as discussion based seminar meetings with the contribution of experts in the field. The projected timetable of lecture and seminar meeting topics is as follows:
Lecture Topics (each topic’s content will be covered between one and two meetings)
1. Introduction to the course’s theme, objectives and projects
2. Archaeology: Theory and methods
3. Defining Cultural Heritage
4. Preserving Cultural Heritage
5. The Eastern Mediterranean context
6. The Case of Cyprus
7. Problems in Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Research
8. Scientific Advances for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
9. Technological Advances for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
10. Student presentations
11. Students presentations
12. Student presentations
60% - final essay; 30% - seminar presentation; 10% - participation in class
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