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Heritage Under Fire: Introduction to the Destruction and Protection of Cultural and Archaeological Heritage in Conflict Zones


  • Session: 8 evening sessions
  • Dates: Wednesdays 24 July – 11 Sep 2024
  • Times: 6-8pm
  • Enrolment fee: $400

Using historical and contemporary case studies, this introductory course will consider key issues relevant to the destruction and protection of cultural heritage and archaeological sites in conflict zones, with a specific focus on the history, archaeology, heritage and political environment affecting nations in conflict. This course will discuss: the history, archaeology, heritage and political environment affecting nations in conflict; the difficulties associated with the implementation of extant treaties and conventions; the challenges of enacting them as a means to protect cultural heritage, and the difficulties associated with the prosecution of individuals and groups (such as Islamic State) for the looting, illegal exploitation and trafficking of antiquities. The course will also consider the growing global expectation that military forces deployed in areas of conflict, expand their responsibilities to undertake cultural and archaeological heritage site protection on the battlefield. In addition, the course will highlight that the challenges of cultural and archaeological heritage protection in conflict zones is a global problem requiring a global response.

Course outline

  • Session 1: Introduction to Cultural and Archaeological Heritage – A Global Perspective
  • Session 2: Historical and Contemporary Cultural Property Protection (CPP) and Foreign Military Forces
  • Session 3: Contemporary Case Study – Iraq
  • Session 4: Contemporary Case Study – Afghanistan
  • Session 5: Contemporary Case Study – Syria
  • Session 6: Contemporary Case Study – Russia and Ukraine
  • Session 7: Looting, Illegal Exploitation, Trafficking and Repatriation of Antiquities 
  • Session 8: Current and Future Challenges for CPP – A Global Problem requiring a Global Response

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Have an introductory understanding of key terms and concepts relating to cultural and archaeological heritage
  • Have a basic understanding of key issues relevant to cultural and archaeological heritage in conflict zones
  • Identify some of the key challenges in cultural and archaeological heritage conservation, preservation and protection faced by nations in conflict
  • Have a basic understanding of the role of UNESCO, statutory frameworks, heritage management and practices including ethical responsibilities facing nations and foreign forces
  • Develop some understanding of the politics and national and international heritage agencies and what this can mean in times of conflict
  • Develop some understanding of the associated dilemmas such as looting, illegal exploitation, trafficking of antiquities, and repatriation of antiquities
Modern and Contemporary Philosophy


  • Session: 8 evening sessions
  • Dates: Wednesdays 24 July – 11 Sep 2024
  • Times: 6-8pm
  • Enrolment fee: $400

In this course, we will delve into the complexities of post-modernism, dissecting its origins and implications. From the transition from pre-modern to modern philosophies to the emergence of post-structuralism, each topic will illuminate key figures and concepts shaping contemporary thought.

Course outline

  • Session 1: Pre-Modern and Modern Philosophical Approaches
  • Session 2: The Intersection of Romanticism and Modernity
  • Session 3: Hegel and Schopenhauer: Philosophical Evolution
  • Session 4: Nietzsche’s Influence on Art and Culture
  • Session 5: Heidegger’s Existentialist Insights
  • Session 6: Transition from Structuralism to Post-Structuralism
  • Session 7: Foucault’s Examination of History and Power
  • Session 8: Derrida’s Deconstruction of Language and Meaning

Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of this course, participants should:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of Western philosophy.
  • Analyze the major themes and issues shaping contemporary thought.
  • Critically assess the impact of post-modernism on various disciplines.

Who should enrol

Individuals intrigued by philosophy and eager to comprehend the intricate shifts in philosophical paradigms. Whether a novice or an enthusiast, all are encouraged to enroll and broaden their intellectual horizons.

The Renaissance: Art and Society


  • Sessions: 6 evening sessions
  • Dates: Thursdays 25 July – 29 Aug 2024
  • Times: 6-8pm
  • Enrolment Fee: $300

From its origins in 14th-century Italy, the Renaissance sparked a revolution in art, society, culture, and philosophy, marking the end of the Middle Ages. Explore this dynamic period in world history by delving into major Italian cities such as Florence and Venice. Consider how today’s Western society, culture, and sense of humanity have been shaped by the Renaissance. 

Course Outline 

The course will focus on the Renaissance in Italy, particularly in Florence, central Tuscany, Venice, and other major Italian city-states. It will examine the spread of the Renaissance across Europe and the pivotal role of artists and thinkers in the development of Renaissance art and art history. The course concludes by examining how the Renaissance influenced the broader scope of European history and our contemporary understanding of humanity, culture, society, and civilization. 

  • Session 1: The Renaissance (1300-1600) 
  • Session 2: The Renaissance: Art and Society 
  • Session 3: The Renaissance in Italy 
  • Session 4: The Renaissance in Europe 
  • Session 5: The Renaissance Artists 
  • Session 6: The Renaissance and History 

Learning Outcomes 

By the end of this course, participants should: 

  • Have knowledge of the history and social context of the Renaissance. 
  • Be familiar with key artists and art movements that defined the Renaissance between 1300 and 1600. 
  • Analyse and critique the development of the Renaissance from both social and art historical perspectives across the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. 
  • Understand the broader social issues and developments that gave rise to the Renaissance in Italy and throughout Europe. 
  • Appreciate critically how the Renaissance has influenced history and shaped our perceptions of it. 

Who Should Enrol 

This course is open to all individuals, especially those interested in learning about the history of the Renaissance, art, and art history in general.