Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime




University of Glasgow


Future Learn


Free (certificate fee: USD$ 69, optional)

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This course delves into the world of art crime and antiquities trafficking. It is taught by the University of Glasgow through Future Learn, an online education platform. The University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

From fakes and fraud, to thefts and trafficking, art crime has turned archaeological sites in Iraq and Syria into 'lunar landscapes,' decapitated Buddha sculptures in Cambodia and left empty frames on museum walls. This course explains how the heritage can be protected from theft, illegal sale, and destruction.

Some of the topics covered in the course are:

  • Source of antiquities on the illicit market
  • Realities and limitations of art theft
  • Pros and cons of returning cultural objects to their country of origin
  • Different types of art vandalism