On 16 April I wrote about an evaluation of archaeology programs offered at Swedish universities and colleges. Now Aard regular Åsa reports at the Ting & Tankar blog on the results of in-depth evaluations of certain programs that were judged to be of iffy quality (source1, source2).

Three programs have been issued warnings by the National Agency for Higher Education:

  • The Mediterranean archaeology PhD program in Gothenburg

  • The osteology PhD program in Lund
  • The osteology MA program in Visby

All the warnings are due to inadequate quantity and quality of teaching staff per student. Two PhD programs, egyptology in Uppsala and osteology in Stockholm, escaped warnings because they have been voluntarily closed for application “until the situation improves”.

Comments

  1. #1 Bob O'H
    May 20, 2009

    Oh dear. So where do you go to prod old Swedish bones then?

    And how can/will the programmes react? Could Lund and Göteberg join forces, for example, to form an Eastern Ear Sound archaeology programme?

  2. #2 Martin R
    May 20, 2009

    At the moment you can’t do a decent PhD in osteology in Sweden. Maybe Helsinki or Copenhagen or Oslo?

    The universities and colleges in question will have to either invest more money into the programs or close them down. They have a year to fix things. Not sure if mergers are a workable solution from the point of view of the university administrations. They get funded separately and compete for students (who come with money bags).

  3. #3 ArchAsa
    May 20, 2009

    As I mentioned on my blog, the people already in the system will in all probablity be able to produce excellent dissertations mostly. Problem is there is no room for any additional PhD students and those that have gotten their doctorate have mostly either stepped out into unemployment, temporary assignments, or are working with excavation archaeology. A waste of some very fine researchers considering we really need more teachers and researchers if the subject is to survive at all.

    Either the Universities dissolve osteology and gives it back to anatomy and zoology (a pity), or someone somewhere have to put their money where their mouth is.

  4. #4 Lena
    May 21, 2009

    The problem with studying in Copenhagen is that in the Danish system you must come from a zoology/medicine background to do bones. And most of the Swedish osteology students come from a archaeology background and probably can’t afford the time or money to do a science undergraduate degree prior to apply for a Ph.D.

  5. #5 Martin R
    May 21, 2009

    Arrr, those cunning Danes!

  6. #6 owlfarmer
    May 28, 2009

    Maybe we could get the critics to come to the US and oversee bad television programs on archaeology. The crap that shows up even on science channels is getting so sensationalist that I have to warn students off all the time.

    Maybe the producers studied osteology in Sweden.

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