Syllabus for Theories, Methodologies and Academic Writing in the Field of Cultural Heritage and Sustainability

Teorier, metodologier och akademiskt skrivande inom fältet kulturarv och hållbarhet


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 5KV702
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Conservation A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2017-06-07
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Revised: 2018-04-16
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 16, 2018
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
  • Responsible department: Department of Art History

Decisions and guidelines

The course is mandatory for students attending the Master's Programme in the humanities, specializing in Cultural Heritage and Sustainability.

Learning outcomes

The student should, after completing the course, be able to,
regarding knowledge and understanding

  • discuss current theories and methodologies used within the field of conservation,
  • discuss and describe questions of relevance for the field of heritage studies,
  • reflect on norms and conventions that govern academic writing,
  • discuss different interdisciplinary and heritage-ethnographic methods,
regarding competence and skills
  • write a scientific article with relevance to the field of cultural heritage and sustainability,
  • apply a theoretical and methodological framework in an academic text,
  • critically and independently identify and express research questions relevant to the field of cultural heritage and sustainability,
regarding judgement and approach
  • relate to central theories and methodologies of conservation,
  • critically assess an academic paper, and
  • understand and reflect on ethical issues in research within the field of cultural heritage and sustainability.


The purpose of this course is to give an advanced introduction to current theoretical and methodological approaches within the field of cultural heritage and sustainable development, and to train students to apply some of the norms and conventions guiding academic writing.
The first part of the course focuses on theoretical and methodological traditions through lectures. Seminars on key texts/issues within these traditions will train the student in critical thinking.
The second part of the course introduces different forms of academic texts and conventions. The focus will be on creating academic papers and the student will as part of the examination produce a paper and also give a review of another student’s paper. The academic paper will be a focal point throughout the course.



The course will consist of lectures, seminars, and tutoring in writing. Active participation in seminars is compulsory. Absence from these will need to be compensated.


Assessment will be based on written assignments as well as active participation in seminars. Grades will be given in accordance with the Swedish grading system. The following grades will be used: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG).
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University´s disability coordinator.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 27, 2018

Mandatory literature

Additional literature of no more than 200 pages may be distributed during the course.

Reference literature

  • Denzin, Norman K.; Lincoln, Yvonna S. The SAGE handbook of qualitative research

    4., [rewritten and enlarged] ed.: Thousand Oaks: SAGE, cop. 2011

    Find in the library

Reading list revisions