Antiquities Trafficking (Online Distance Learning) SOCIO5085

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

A combined archaeological and criminological analysis of the looting, trafficking and illicit sale of antiquities. This course presents the realities of the source, transit and market for stolen artefacts, as well as how the techniques used and challenges faced in discouraging the illicit trade in antiquities.



Requirements of Entry


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Essay: 100%; word length 4000

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.