Elective courses are designed to enable students to shape their own professional and/or research profile depending on their interests and future career aspirations. The program allows a certain flexibility, not only with the choice of elective courses, but also in respect to the time frame in which these courses can be taken. However, students are required to complete all course work before they can submit their thesis.

  • Heritage Tourism (3 credits)
  • Archaeology Practicum (3 credits)
  • Field trip: Rome and Athens: From antiquity to modern capital cities
  • Research Methodology (3 credits)
  • Archeological Resource Management (3 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing Your Own Business (3 credits)
  • Communicationg with Digital Media (3 credits)
  • Screening the Past (3 credits)
  • Conflict Resolution and Negotiation (3 credits)

Heritage Tourism (3 credits)

This course explores the history, politicization, authenticity, marketing and sustainability of heritage tourism. Through lectures, seminars and interactive classroom discussions students will explore the challenges facing heritage tourism in the 21st century. Both practical and theoretical issues will be addressed. At the end of the course students will present a case study of a heritage tourist site to develop which will include a marketing strategy for sustainable heritage tourism taking into account the environment, local community and issues of authenticity

Archaeology Practicum (3 credits)

This is an archaeology practicum course and it must be taken in conjunction with a field school organized by AUR. This course is suitable for students who have no prior experience of archaeological excavation. In addition to the practical experience students will be required to submit a paper within 10 days of the end of the excavation on an aspect of Cultural Heritage.

Field trip: Rome and Athens: From antiquity to modern capital cities

This 10 day field course taking place on-site in Rome and Athens explores the issues facing archaeological heritage management in two World Heritage cities which are also capitals of their respective nations. These cities are required to balance the needs and expectations of modern development with preservation of their cultural heritage and continue to act as the focus of national identity. The course will begin with three days in Rome with an introduction to the concepts to be discussed and visits to the principal monuments of the city to analyze their heritage challenges. The course will then transfer to Athens for four nights, which will act as a comparison to Rome. Athens, like Rome, is a classical city dependent on heritage tourism, but it has a very different position as a national capital and dissimilar conservation issues. The course will then wind up with classes in Rome

Research Methodology (3 credits)

The research course will develop skills, in preparation for writing a dissertation, in three areas: on-line and library research, focusing in particular on the research libraries available in Rome to graduate students; quantitative analysis, focusing on appropriate use and interpretation of quantitative techniques (rather than in carrying out the computation); qualitative analysis, focusing on appropriate integration of such data into research projects. The course will culminate in the students producing an abstract, methodology and bibliography of the research project they intend to pursue for their dissertation.

Archeological Resource Management (3 credits)

This course explores the management of archaeological sites and artefacts. It begins by examining how archaeology developed from being an antiquarian pastime to become a scientific endeavour and how contemporary archaeology has to balance scientific goals with cultural and social objectives of local communities. The course progresses to assess the challenges inherent in managing the archaeological heritage including the difficulties of private-public partnerships, the statutory regulations and the imperative to manage heritage tourism sustainably and engage the local community. Students will be expected to visit an archaeological site in Rome on their own and use it as a case study, which will be presented in the final classes of the course and then submitted as a written report.

Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing Your Own Business (3 credits)

In this course students take an advanced look at starting and managing an entrepreneurial venture. Documentation related to business formation (business plan, operating agreement) and financing, rules on hiring and HR practices, marketing on a tight budget, sales management tactics, international expansion, supply chain and sourcing, operational analysis (in Excel), franchising, online targeting, valuation, negotiation. Cases and lectures target students in the cultural heritage, food, leisure segments more specifically. Students must develop a new business idea, write a business plan, make financial projections to be prepared for financiers and to begin running it.

Communicationg with Digital Media (3 credits)

This is an intensive hands-on, practical course that teaches students the aesthetic concepts and theories of visual communication along with technical skills such as working with Macintosh-based software utilized to create various forms of visual media. The areas of computer art/image making, graphic design, typography, sound design, and video motion graphics will be explored. Practical foundations will be applied to design projects as developed through an increasing command of analyzing concepts of design, composition, color theory, and graphic communication. Students will leave the course with the skills and understanding to create a variety of multimedia products across a number of platforms in a professional way, the ability to learn new technical skills in an ever evolving digital environment, and the ability to better communicate with and manage creative collaborators. This course requires 15 additional hours of work on exercises.

Screening the Past (3 credits) This course will not be running in 2017/18

The television documentary is an adaptable form of non-fiction programming that has served various functions throughout the medium’s history. Unlike other programming on television, documentaries have typically been sustained for reasons other than high ratings and sales. Documentaries have become significant vehicles for communicating archaeological and historical issues to millions of listeners and viewers. The growing interest of audiences in the documentary form, combined with advances in technology that make documentary production affordable and accessible, offer an opportunity for disseminating information about the past to both academic and non-academic audiences. This course explores the historical documentary from concept and script to production and sale and addresses in particular addresses the relationship between academic and production values. This course is open to students who have no prior training in film making. Assessment will focus analysis of the documentary form, rather than technical expertise.

Conflict Resolution and Negotiation (3 credits)

Conflict is part of daily life: it can be destructive as well as constructive but it needs to be dealt with productively. Resolution is a collaborative process by which differences are handled and outcomes are jointly agreed by the interested parties. It is the transformation of the relationship and situation such that solutions are sustainable and self-correcting in the long term. This course will introduce the student to conflict, the cause, how it happens and why it occurs. Techniques and methods to approach, manage and resolve will be introduced, including good listening and communication skills. Various forms of intervention will be examined and applied: negotiation from a humanitarian perspective with armed groups, using selected case studies, will be examined and applied in depth.

Exact selection and number of elective courses offered in each semester is subject to change. Students will be informed about available elective courses for the fall semester upon opening of the application procedure for the MA program. Students will be asked to choose elective courses in the fall semester upon the official registration for the program. Students choose elective courses for the spring semester by the end of the winter break (minimum course enrollments must be met to ensure that the course will run).