Courses & Units

The Dark Arts: Culture, Crime and Corruption XBR108



Who owns art: the artist, the purchaser or the culture that it represents? How does art reflect our cultural identity? Why is art a priority victim of war, invasion and the black market?

Students undertaking this breadth unit will examine art, culture and heritage through topics such as Nazi art theft, the corrupt black market for art, the history of the art market, and the legal issues associated with ownership of art and culture. This breadth unit explores art and culture from the perspectives of history, art history, law, business and education.
Through different disciplinary lenses students undertaking this breadth unit will examine the cultural value of art and heritage. This inter-disciplinary approach is constructed and underpinned by an educational umbrella. The unit will emphasise the role that education can play in developing culturally aware, life-long learners with clear communication and outreach skills.

This unit is global in both its geographical scope and its cultural awareness.


Unit name The Dark Arts: Culture, Crime and Corruption
Unit code XBR108
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School DVC Students & Education
Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching (TILT)
Discipline Arts|School of Education|History and Classics|Law

Amy Lugten

Teaching staff

Dr Kerry Howells, Ms Amy Lugten, Dr Brigita Ozolins, Professor Dianne Nicol, Mr David Taylor

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? Yes


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017
Semester 2 17/7/2017 10/8/2017 4/9/2017 20/10/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $1,903.00 090300

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


Teaching Pattern

Fully on-line with weekly readings and activities


AT1: On-line Reflection; AT2: letter to Curator/Director; AT3: Take Home Test

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