ARK3003 - Museums and Heritage Studies


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 1 weeks

Course content

The course provides insight into the research and management of cultural heritage with particular emphasis on the role of university museums, their opportunities and challenges as research-, dissemination- and management institutions in the field of heritage. The course will focus on the role of the cultural heritage in a world where ethnic, cultural, religious and historical boundaries and identities are challenged at the intersection of local, regional and global levels. How can university museums position themselves in such a complex situation, and in which way can the museums increase the understanding of and for the cultural heritage as a resource of knowledge? The course will provide a general introduction to the philosophy of conservation, the role of the university museums as producers of knowledge, heritage and museums in conflict areas, heritage and history, and university museums' collection management.

Learning outcome

A candidate who has passed the course is expected to have the following learning outcomes according to the curriculum description for the subject, defined as knowledge and skills:


Candidates must have a thorough knowledge of

  • museums in society - the philosophy of conservation and museological theory
  • the University Museum's role as producers of knowledge, heritage, conflict and democracy


Candidates must

  • be able to use the knowledge to analyze aspects related to University museums role in the field of heritage studies
  • be able to actively participate in the cooperation between the museum sector, administration, research institutions and society in general
  • be able to analyze the complex interactions between production of knowledge, the museum as a caretaker and an institution of dissemination and the society

Learning methods and activities

The course will consist of lectures, seminars, contact with the museum sector and assignments.

Required previous knowledge

Bachelor's degree in Archaeology or Cultural Heritage

Course materials

Each semester there will be published an updated syllabus containing information about textbooks and aids.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • Archaeology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Historical and Classical Studies


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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