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Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:49

Course Overview

Taught by museum and law academics, this course will examine cultural property issues  such as treasure trove, looting and repatriation, forgery, sacred and street art, and the derogatory treatment of art. Objects from the University Museum and collections worldwide will be drawn on to illustrate aspects of the course. Museum practice and operational experience will also inform certain aspects.  Students will be encouraged to explore and develop their own ideas.  Facilitating this, the course will include a programme of case studies and/or issue papers to be presented by students for class discussion.      


Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Catherine W. Ng

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of Law (LS) or Master of Letters in Museum Studies or Master Of Science In Cultural And Creative Communication or Master of Letters in Art and Business or Master of Music in Sonic Arts

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • Master of Laws in International Law and Strategic Studies (Studied)
  • Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (Studied)
  • Master of Laws in International Law and International Relations (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

  • Introduction
  • Treasure Trove
  • Stolen Art and Repatriation  
  • Murals / Street Art
  • Marketing & Merchandising
  • Fake & Forgery
  • Derogatory Treatment& other Moral Rights, Treatment of Sacred Works
  • Student Presentations

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 26 - 28, 31 - 33

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments


Essay, 3500 words (45%)

Essay, 3500 words (55%)


Resit failed element in same format

Formative Assessment

Presentation: Pass / Fail - must pass to pass the course

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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