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Antiquities Trafficking SOCIO5076

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course adopts a criminological perspective to explore the global issue of trafficking in looted cultural objects, including the roles of different actors at different stages of the processes involved. It will include key case studies of known trafficking routes and processes, and the application of legal, and social theoretical frameworks through which to understand and try to regulate the phenomenon.


Ten weeks of teaching, 2 hours a week.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses




Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide participants with an academic overview of the criminological, archaeological, legal and heritage studies research into the subject of Antiquities Trafficking and to allow participants to develop critical analysis and evaluation skills related to the understanding and attempted control of antiquities crime.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Identify, conceptualise, and define the key nodes in the antiquities trafficking chain (source, transit and market), the connections between these nodes, and the actors and stakeholders involved in each area.

■ Summarize and contrast the existing ethical and legal viewpoints associated with the antiquities trade.

■ Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the legislation, regulation, and other control measures used to police and prevent antiquities crime at source, during transit and on the market.

■ Apply critical analysis skills to evaluate the accuracy and believability of information about antiquities crime gleaned from a variety of primary and secondary sources.

Apply criminological and sociological concepts to incidents of Antiquities Trafficking.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.