Material Culture in Context

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Material Culture in Context

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course aims to provide an introduction to current theoretical and methodological perspectives in material culture studies using a series of archaeological and modern material culture case studies.
    In particular:
    To introduce students to the concepts, theories and intellectual debates in modern material culture studies
    To familiarise students with the historical context and development of archaeological approaches to artefacts
    To encourage the use and application of interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the role of artefacts in the past
    To examine the cultural importance of objects in artefact collections for contemporary society
    To develop skills in critical thinking and the communication, both written and oral, of theoretical concepts
    Students will have acquired:
    The capacity to situate developments in approaches within archaeological thought and their context in broader academic and intellectual trends with respect to material culture
    An understanding of the interplay of archaeological approaches to artefacts and current interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives on material culture
    An awareness of the issues of researching antiquarian and museum collections and the related curatorial issues regarding display and public dissemination
    A critical understanding of the salient themes in modern material culture studies and their contemporary relevance
    The oral, organisational and interpersonal skills to sustain and defend arguments in written work and oral presentation
    Seminar presentation and two essays

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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