Master of Arts in Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage Management - Koç U
Institution: Koç University
Level of study: Graduate
Type of program: Master of Arts (MA)
Turkey / Istanbul
Other locations: none
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ARHA 504 Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage Management I
An introduction to the practical and theoretical aspects of working in and with a variety of museum institutions in Turkey and abroad. The course is organized in modules and taught by local faculty and visiting experts from museums. Topics include museum theory and history, public education, collection management, exhibitions; conservation issues and approaches, and interpretation.
ARHA 505 Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage Management II 
An introduction to the practical and theoretical aspects of working in and with a variety of  cultural heritage institutions in Turkey and abroad. The course is organized in modules and taught by local faculty and visiting experts from cultural heritage institutions around the world. Topics include public education, conservation issues and approaches, sustainability, protection of cultural heritage, national and international law related to heritage, international organizations and conventions, site management and interpretation.
ARHA 540? Field Studies
Students should complete an internship in a project or institution that will give them practical experience and training in their area of interest. Internship possibilities include working at a museum, a cultural heritage institution or project, or an archaeological excavation. Students will consult with their advisor and the internship must be approved.
Two of the following courses are required (ARHA 500- 501-502-503)
ARHA 500 Anatolian Civilizations I (Neolithic-Late Bronze Age)
This survey course will focus on the archaeological sequences of Turkey (ancient Anatolia) from the Neolithic period through the Late Bronze Age and the end of the Hittite Empire. An illustrated lecture series will cover the major stages in the rise of agricultural production and a critical evaluation of models of state origins will provide the basis for our understanding of the transformation into complex state societies in Anatolia. It will cover the major theoretical issues in trade and exchange systems that form the backdrop for the prosperous Assyrian trading systems. Textual material will be integrated with the archaeological record to illuminate some of the complex relationships between the Hittite Empire in northern Anatolia and the Levant. Highlighted are the major sites such as the following: Göbeklitepe, Çatalhöyük, Alaca Höyük, Troy, Göltepe/Kestel, the GAP salvage projects, Kültepe, Acemhöyük, Alalakh, and Bogazköy
ARHA 501 Anatolian Civilizations II (Iron Age-Roman)
Material evidence and historical sources for Turkey from the Iron Age to the Roman period. Cultures and time periods of the Neo-Hittites, Phrygians, Urartu, Lydians, Greek settlements, Persian rule in Turkey, Hellenistic kingdoms such as Pergamon, Roman cities and settlements. For all time periods, the developments in Turkey, within the wider context of the Mediterranean and Near Eastern regions.
ARHA 502 Anatolian Civilizations III (Late Roman-Byzantine) 
This course intends to investigate archaeological, art historical and historical testimonies ranging from the Late Roman through the Byzantine periods in the territories of present – day Turkey.  Ways in which lands of the Roman Empire, both cities and countryside, underwent transformations, adaptations and radical changes will be analyzed. The impact early Islamic cultures bore on Eastern Anatolia and beyond will also be discussed.
ARHA 503 Anatolian Civilizations IV (Ottoman-Recent) 
This course provides an introduction to the issues and approaches used to study the history of Ottoman art and architecture from the early Ottoman era to the establishment of the Turkish Republic and the world of contemporary art in Turkey
ARHA 594 Project
Term project conducted individually by the student under the guidance of a faculty member.  Culminates in a written project report.
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ARHA 506 Archaeological Methods and Theory I
This course introduces excavation methods and post excavation analysis. Topics include: principles of stratigraphy, excavation and associated recording techniques, dating techniques, archaeozoology, archaeobotany, ceramic thin section, archaeometallurgy, and isotopic research. With Archaeology Lab components.
ACHM 507 Archaeological Method and Theory II
Archaeological method and theory with emphasis on the principles and practice of Anatolian archaeology. Topics include: survey and excavation methods and associated recording techniques, the instrumental analysis and interpretation of various kinds of excavated materials, and the presentation and publication of archaeological results.
ARHA 508 Advanced Historiography and Theory of Art History
This course examines the concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application to the visual arts of different periods and regions, including the historical and philosophical foundations of contemporary criticism and theory.
ARHA 509 Modern Historiography of the Late Antique and Byzantine Worlds
The course examines perceptions and representations of the Late Antique and Byzantine worlds in modern times. Approaches and transformations in the study of the discipline will be analyzed. Modern methods in history writing form an integral part of the course.
ARHA 513 Ancient Empires
This course will take a comparative approach to the study of empires. It will consider topics such as empire formation, expansion and collapse, the organization of empires, and cultural interactions.
ARHA 518  Economic Archaeology (Production Technology and Trade) 
This course will focus on ancient economic systems. The course will begin by exploring different perceptual and analytical orientations and debates that underlie economic anthropology. Concepts such as gift-giving, reciprocity, trade, commodities, market and non-market economies, household economies, labor, exchange and trade, and money will be explored with archaeological or ethnographic case studies. Students will learn to critically evaluate Western interpretations in economic procedures and will become acquainted with cross-cultural practices from today and the past.
ARHA 520/HIST 420 Late Antique and Byzantine History Writing
This course analyzes the broad range of historical documents contributing to the making of Late Antique and Byzantine histories.
ARHA 525 The Crusades in the Eastern Mediterranean (1095-1291)
This course will examine the roots of the crusading movement in Western Christian society; the ways in which the crusades brought three world cultures (Western Europe, Byzantium and the Islamic Near East) into contact and confrontation.
ARHA 527/ARHA 407 Constantinople (330-1453)
The history and archaeology of the Byzantine imperial capital from its foundation to the Ottoman conquest. The transformations and continuities of Constantinople from its early existence as the last great urban creation of antiquity, through the crisis of the `Dark Ages (7th-8th centuries), to its later revival as the greatest urban centre of medieval Europe, and the subsequent changes in political status and urban fabric which the city experienced after the violent impact of the Fourth Crusade (1204). The functions of the built environment in relation to both historical time and urban space: the imperial palaces, the public churches, civic ritual and entertainment, economic and social services, the provision of welfare and defense, and the role of monasteries in the life of the community.
ARHA 533 Islamic Empires: Comparative Study 
This seminar examines different empires in the Islamic world of one specific era from a comparative perspective, focusing on the cultural and artistic exchanges and interactions between them. Special case studies may include the age of empires (Ottomans, Safavids, Mughals), fortifications and frontiers in the medieval Islamic world, Gender and art in the Islamic World and the like.
ARHA 522/ARHA 421 Painting in the Ottoman Empire
Introduction to painting in the Ottoman Empire through the centuries, the art of miniature painting, manuscript illustration and album making in the Ottoman palace, the formation of a distinctive style developed through the interactions of the visual traditions of the East and West. The adoption of new techniques and styles such as murals and canvas painting as a result of encounters with Western art.
ARHA 537 Europe And The Ottoman Empire: Cultural Encounters Through The Centuries
Interactions between Europe and the Ottoman World through the centuries. Ottoman political presence in Europe and its impact on European culture starting with the 15th century. The image of the Turk in Europe shifting in the following centuries with different political alliances and different economic interests. The changes in Ottoman interest in the west starting in the 17th century, introduction of westernisms in technology, social life and the arts in view of political and economic relations.
ARHA 563/ARHA 408 Managing Cultural Organizations and NGOs
This course provides an intensive study of the application of management theory and practice in cultural organizations and their governance and leadership in Turkey. Topics covered include: how to establish missions and objectives; policy development and implementation; project management; financial management; legal framework; and so on.
ARHA 564/ARHA. 496 Public Archaeology
Bridging the scholarly knowledge of archaeology with the public; exploring diverse methods of interpretation, conservation and diverse ways to communicate archaeological information and data. Examples of public archaeology from Turkey and abroad. Social, political and ethical issues that are surrounding archaeological investigation, interpretation and the production of knowledge.

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