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 College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Arts|Education|History and Classics|Law

Amy Lugten

Teaching staff

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

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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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 25/2/2019 22/3/2019 15/4/2019 2/6/2019
Semester 2 15/7/2019 9/8/2019 2/9/2019 20/10/2019

* 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 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2019: $820.00 2019: $2,037.00 090300

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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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