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Repatriation, Recovery, Return (Online Distance Learning) SOCIO5086

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will explore the legal and ethical tools used in the reclamation of cultural property by countries, individuals, heirs, and cultural groups. Participants will explore the debates pertaining to the concepts of repatriation, restitution, and return of cultural property, how these concepts are regulated, and how such actions are applied in real world situations.



Requirements of Entry


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Essay: 100%; word length 4000

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide participants with the tools needed to critically assess both the concepts of repatriation, restitution, and return and individual cases of each with the goal of building a solid legal and ethical foundation for future professional or academic encounters with the topic.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Identify, conceptualise, and define the practices of repatriation, restitution and return

■ Critically evaluate cases of repatriation, restitution and return based on both moral and legal grounds

■ Explain the linkages between repatriation, restitution and return and colonialism, globalisation, neoliberalism and conflict/post conflict situations.

■ Apply critical analysis to both the legal and ethical issues involved in both general and specific cases of cultural property recovery

■ Apply sociological and heritage management conceptual frameworks to real-world cases of cultural property recovery

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.