Heritage and Social History Focus Area- Master of Arts

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Athabasca University’s Master of Arts – Integrated Studies Program (MA-IS) has recently developed the Heritage and Social History focus area which integrates the heritage and history programs and provides a unique opportunity for students to study theoretical and applied issues in heritage and history, social traditions and institutions and historical patterns, using an interdisciplinary approach.Musee des Beaux-art de Montreal, 2009

Heritage work involves many different institutions and activities requiring a variety of skills and knowledge of different disciplines including history, archaeology, art history, paleontology, environmental studies, and science and technology. History and historical understanding and context have been and continue to be fundamental and inseparable parts of heritage-related studies and provide the framework for heritage research. Heritage practitioners and researchers need skills to investigate a range of historical resources from buildings to artifacts and to examine a variety of textual and visual documents to understand through different lenses the significance of tangible and intangible heritage values. And that is why we offer the Heritage and Social History focus area to address such needs.

We offer a wide range of courses that cover theoretical and practical topics related to community, people and places, traditions, environment, and more. A list of courses is available at Heritage and Social History website for those interested in taking a new road to education in History with a Heritage twist and those willing to apply an interdisciplinary approach to their work.

We also offer reading courses, based on your needs and interests. Check them out and get in touch. We would like to hear from you and help you with your studies.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo at inanloo@athabascau.ca.


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