Units of Study

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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