Presenting Cultural Heritage

Course Description: 

This is a required course for first-year Cultural Heritage students intended to foster academic research methods and writing skills that will enable students to participate fully in scholarly life and discourse as professionals. Besides providing a solid background in basic research methods and academic writing necessary for prospectus and thesis development, the course is designed to familiarize students with genres and types of writing that they will encounter in their academic and professional career.

The former includes working towards a clear statement of dissertation topics, research questions, a well-thought-out description of methodology, a consideration of potential primary and secondary sources, and a carefully prepared bibliography. The latter entails various aspects of writing, presenting and communicating as a cultural heritage professional, familiarizing with genres and writing for different audiences.

The standards and requirements of all assignments will reflect the goal of communicating one’s research and intellectual work to the international scholarly community and engage in professional projects in high quality English prose.

Writing a thesis is a process, not an event, and will require intermittent consultations over the next two years. In addition to class meetings, students are encouraged to consult individually with Prof. Reed in her office hours or by appointment. 

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course, students will 

understand the building blocks of successful academic writing beyond their proposed project, and identify thesis- and research-specific questions of structuring and planning; familiarize themselves with various genres in the field of cultural heritage, e.g. management plans, risk assessment, white papers, policy; share ideas and improve data management and analytical methods and tools; gain practice in structuring, writing and delivering presentations confidently; be aware of various levels of interpretation in presenting cultural heritage subjects and understand the basic principles of writing for different audiences; understand the basics of reader-friendly writing: meta-discourse and paragraph level writing practice; create a habit of writing, revising, rewriting and editing texts for professional purposes; develop a reader friendly writing style and the ability to produce well written texts efficiently and in a timely manner. 

Assessment: 

Preparation for classes (reading the assigned texts for each class) 30%
Mid-term papers (3 minor pieces) 30%
Final Assignment: Blog post 40%

Prerequisites: 

none