Units of Study

Please note:

In 2016, in addition to the units of study listed in the tables below, the following Units of Study (external to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) can be counted towards your major. Please refer to the teaching department for details.

  • ARCH9082 Conservation of Traditional Materials Intensive March
  • ARCH9028 Conservation Methods and Practices Semester 2
  • ARCH9081 Heritage Law and Policy Semester 2

MUSM7035 - Ethics of Cultural Property

Semester 2, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Anna Louise Lawrenson


This unit tracks the ethical and political disputes surrounding the ownership, control and care of cultural property. While giving historical background on religious iconoclasm, the focus will be on notable modern cases, from the Elgin Marbles or the Benin Bronzes in the colonial era to recent acts like the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas or the ransack of the Iraq Museum. Australian museum practice in relation to Indigenous cultural property and issues of repatriation will be considered, as will the art market, in both legal and philosophical dimensions.


1x2500wd case study (35%), 1x3000wd essay (45%), 1x500wd seminar presentation (10%), participation (10%)


1x2-hr seminar/week

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