Art Crime (Online Distance Learning) SOCIO5087

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

A combined criminological and art historical approach to the basic types of art crime: theft, financial crime, forgery, and political crimes. The course will present the financial and social motivations for art crimes, what factors make them possible, and how these crimes relate to other types of crime



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, musiological and art historical research into the subject of Art Crime and to allow participants to develop critical analysis and evaluation skills related to the understanding and attempted control of Art Crime.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Identify, conceptualise, and define the major types of Art Crime and contrast significant examples of each.

■ Explain the connections between types of Art Crime and compare them to other forms of crime

■ Apply criminological and sociological concepts of incidents of Art crime

■ Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various control measures used to police and prevent art crime

■ Apply critical analysis skills to evaluate the accuracy and credibility of information about Art Crime gleaned from a variety of primary and secondary sources

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.