ARK4210 – Heritage, Material Culture and Conflict

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Course content

In this course, various concepts of cultural heritage and material culture are explored. Academic and public debates concerning the past in the present are addressed through international case studies.

Learning outcome

Completing this course, you will

  • become familiar with historical and current conflicts pertaining to cultural heritage issues
  • achieve an understanding of cultural heritage as an interdisciplinary field for academic studies
  • be trained in recognizing different stakeholder positions in contemporary heritage debates
  • be able to analyze current and historical conflicts pertaining to material remains from the past


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

The course is available to all students accepted to Arkeologi og konservering (master - to år).


There will be 8 lectures and 6 seminars.  It is compulsory to attend at least 4 out of 6 seminars. Any absence from compulsory Activity must be documented.

This is how you apply for a valid absence from compulsory activities/compulsory attendance: Absence from compulsory Activity/attendance


Each student writes an independent essay on a related topic with a limit of 5 standard  pages of 2300 characters (space not included).

Hand-in procedures: The essay is only to be uploaded in Inspera, no printed version is needed. The file must be in pdf-format. The candidate number should be on every page as top text. You will find the candidate number in Studentweb.

The students are responsible for their upload. Unreadable or unfinished documents will be graded thereafter.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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