General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Strategies For Protection And Management Of Archaeological Heritage In Poland
Language English
Module lecturer Michał Pawleta
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position professor
Faculty Faculty of Archeology
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 15
USOS code 05-WA-08


Module aim (aims)

This course addresses issues related to strategies of protection of archaeological monuments and heritage in Poland, analyzed in the broader European context. It presents legal framework of protection of archaeological monuments in the historical perspective. During the course students will be familiarized with legislative documents regulating the protection of cultural and archaeological heritage in Poland. They will be acquainted with conventions, regulations and acts as well as with organizational structures and bodies responsible for the protection of cultural (archaeological) heritage. During the course also issues of the role of archaeological heritage in the local development, archaeological heritage stakeholders and frameworks of dissemination of archaeological heritage sites will be discussed. The course objectives is to provide students with the knowledge of legal system defining rules and practice in the domain of protection and management of archaeological heritage in Poland in a historical perspective as well as political, social, and economic context of changes in these regulations.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)



Week 1. Main concepts and notions: a monument, heritage (in broader and narrow sense), cultural landscape etc.

Week 2. The protection of archaeological heritage in Poland until 1989.

Week 3. Heritage and transformation in Poland after 1989.

Week 4. Conventions related to protection of heritage, including archaeological heritage

Week 5. Heritage and local development: towards a sustainable development.

Week 6. Main challenges and threats to protection archaeological heritage in Poland.

Week 7. The legal frameworks of dissemination of archaeological heritage sites.

Week 8. Discussion.

Reading list

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