Archaeology, Heritage and Tourism

ISA Cusco Study Center

Course Description

This course will be taught in English.
The course has a total of 45 teaching hours spent in 30 sessions of 90 minutes.
This course will address the historical, economic, and social processes that transform the remains of the past into forms of modern consumption across the world, with an emphasis on Cusco and Machu Picchu. We will examine the formation of cultural constructs that turn archaeological sites into national parks, move broken pots to museum displays, and place abandoned buildings on the world heritage list. We will study how the modern world was created through shared and contested human pasts. Topics to be covered include cultural heritage, looting, tourism, archaeology, repatriation, representations of the past, and nationalism.
  • Discuss and understand the relevance of the past to present discourses in relation to archaeology, heritage and tourism.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the origins of complex cultures and their effects on modern society.
  • Elaborate a proposal that brings together social, historical and cultural aspects of an archaeological or modern site in the Cusco area focusing on its history, academic potential and its possible impacts on tourism.
  • Understand the ways in which heritage is presented to audiences, and their social roles in the modern world
There are no requirements for this class
All reading materials will be distributed electronically in Cusco. No books are required for this class. The titles listed below are resources for the reading that will be distributed.
Starn Orin, Degregori Carlos Iván, Kirk Robin. 2009. The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics. Duke University Press.
ISBN 0822387506, 9780822387503
Pacifico David, Vogel Melissa.2012. Archaeological sites, modern Communities, and tourism
Annals of Tourism Research, Vol. 39, No. 3, pp. 1588?1611, 2012
ISBN 0160-7383

Attendance and participation      10%

Assignments                                      10%

Final Paper and presentation       40%

Mid Term and Final Exam             40%

Attendance requirements for this class follow the ISA-Cusco Handbook: Regular attendance in class is required of all ISA students; however, students will be allowed 3 unexcused absences per course. For every additional unexcused absence, 5 points will be deducted from the student's overall grade. If a student accumulates more than 5 unexcused absences, he/she will be placed on academic probation and their home university will be notified. In the event of an emergency or illness, students should petition for an excused absence from their professor with the appropriate documentation within a week of the absence. In the event of an excused absence, students will be expected to confer with their professor(s) regarding the possibility of making up any missed coursework, homework and/or exams. In the event of an unexcused absence students are responsible for any missed coursework and notes, but late homework will not be accepted. The third time a student is more than 10 minutes late to class; it will be considered an unexcused absence.
FINAL PAPER: For the final paper each student will choose a site that is not well developed in tourism and find their potential for future tourism. The paper should also discuss the site's history and significance based off of archaeology findings and reports. A list of possible sites will be distributed during week one but the student may choose another site with the authorization of the professor. On week four the student must turn in a proposed topic and list of references consulted previously. The papers should not exceed twelve (12) pages or be shorter than ten (10) pages, not including references, images or tables. They should be typed in Times New Roman, 12-point font, and double spaced.
FINAL PRESENTATION: The final presentation will be based on the student?s final paper and focused on the analysis of their research. The students are able to use PowerPoint or any other media approved by the professor. The presentation will not exceed than 15 minutes and will not be shorter than 10 minutes.
EXAM: The final exam will be administered during class time on the date noted in the class schedule. The exam will review the entire course. The exam will be graded out of 100%. Rescheduling of exams will not be accepted except in cases of documented unforeseeable emergencies. Traveling and fieldwork do not qualify as such; please, plan accordingly.
LATE PAPER POLICY: Late papers will not be accepted except in cases of unforeseeable emergencies. The same policy applies for granting extensions. Traveling and fieldwork do not qualify as such. The syllabus schedule will be held to; please plan accordingly.
HONOR CODE: I will thoroughly prosecute and report any cases of academic misconduct. Plagiarism is an unquestionable violation of the academic integrity that every college student should be committed to. Papers that present clear evidence of plagiarism will automatically earn an F, and in most cases will represent a final failing grade. Other unacceptable cases of academic misconduct may include (but are not limited to) creating hazards or disruptions in class, taking advantage of your peers? work, or disrespecting your classmates even when participating in a discussion. Please refer to your college?s conduct system and/or honor code for further guidance on academic integrity.

  • Course Name

    Archaeology, Heritage and Tourism

  • Sessions Available

  • Host University

    ISA Cusco Study Center

  • Location

    Cusco, Peru

  • Area of Study

    Archaeology, Economics, History, Latin American Studies, Tourism

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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