A A UK university is warning students they may be seriously concerned about certain elements of an archeology course, according to a new report.
The University of York warns students wishing to study archaeology, or the study of ancient humanity through material remains, that they may encounter images of human remains in their coursework, the Daily mail reported Tuesday.
“Content Warning: This module occasionally displays images and videos of human remains,” reads a description of a Communicating Archeology course. The unit is intended to teach students how to communicate archaeological research more effectively with the general public.
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The warning was mocked by some members of the British Parliament.
“If archeology students are worried about seeing human remains, maybe they should have considered another course,” said Andrew Bridgen, MP and frequent critic of trigger warnings.
Archeology involves the study of human history through excavation and analysis. Sometimes the excavation includes buried human remains. The course is scheduled to start in September and aims to strengthen the communication skills of students of archaeology.
“The Communicating Archeology module will take students through the history of visual interpretation and dissemination in archaeology, examining illustration, photography, map making and newer methods in digital archaeology,” says the description. “We will look at best practices for multiple audiences and look at challenges around ethics, accessibility and technology.”
“Students will be encouraged to rethink and improve the messages that archaeologists convey, to academic and general audiences,” the description continues.
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York University is not alone in rolling out trigger warnings for its courses. Earlier this year, the University of Chester issued a warning about its approaches to literature, which included Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as assigned reading material. The Harry Potter The series was written by JK Rowling, who drew criticism from the left for arguing that transgender people enjoy physical advantages over biological women.
“While we study a selection of young adult texts in this module, the nature of the theories we apply to them can lead to difficult conversations about gender, race, sexuality, class and identity,” reads- on in the warning. Daily mail.
The Washington Examiner contacted York University for comment.