Approved Courses for Law and Mass Communication Dual Degree Students: Course Descriptions

 

UNC School of Media and Journalism:

  • JOMC 701 – Mass Communication Research Methods (3 hours)

Covers a broad range of research methods used in industry and academic research. Course content includes: the process and organization of writing research; applying a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods; evaluating research design; and ethical issues inherent in research. Required course for all graduate students.

  • JOMC 704 – Statistics for Mass Communication Research (3 hours)

Prerequisite, JOMC 701. Statistics with emphasis on application to studies in mass communication. Prior knowledge of statistics and familiarity with computer software are NOT assumed.

  • JOMC 705 – Theories of Mass Communication (3 hours)

Students prepare analytical papers on theories of mass communication based upon extensive review of behavioral science literature. Required of Ph.D. students and master’s students in the mass communication sequence.

  • JOMC 740 – Media Law (3 hours)

Survey media law areas: First Amendment, libel, privacy, intellectual property, corporate and commercial speech, media and judiciary, confidential sources, freedom of information, electronic and new media regulation, international issues. Semester topics may vary with class interests. Conduct legal research, identify/analyze secondary and primary legal resources, produce original graduate-level legal research.

  • JOMC 742 – Readings in Mass Communication History (3 hours)

This is a colloquium in the history of American journalism and mass media, the field in which most of you will spend your professional careers. The course’s main purpose is to usher you into the study of communication history and history in general. It will introduce you to a broad survey of compelling salient and recent work in American history that addresses journalism and communication as a means to develop your teaching and research interests, and as a basic for the appreciation of historical research methods. Required course for Ph.D. students.

  • JOMC 743 – Media Management (3 hours)

A study of planning policy functions related to media management concerns.

  • JOMC 752 – Leadership in a Time of Change (3 hours)  

Required preparation, students should have taken a core business course or have equivalent professional experience before enrolling. Examines critical strategic choices facing media executives and offers students the opportunity to observe and research a media company making the transition and produce a case study on that effort.

  • JOMC 801 – Seminar in Mass Communication Research Methods (3 hours)

Prerequisite, JOMC 701. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Advanced work in quantitative data analysis and research preparation.

  • JOMC 810 – Seminar in the Psychology of Human-Computer Interaction (3 hours)

Examines effects of computers, the Internet, and World Wide Web from a psychological perspective. Adopts an empirical approach to understand ways in which people respond to computers and new technologies.

  • JOMC 830 – Seminar in Public Relations (3 hours)

Readings, discussions, and research that explores theoretical foundations of public relations and strategic communication and how they are applied academically and professionally.

  • JOMC 840 – Seminar in Media Law (3 hours)

Prerequisite, JOMC 740. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Explore free expression theory, research media law perspective and methods. First Amendment theories and interpretations, exposition to, and critical evaluation of, legal research in communication. Identify legal research question, produce paper, and present findings in a scholarly convention presentation and/or publication.

  • JOMC 841 – Seminar in Mass Communication and Society Perspectives (3 hours)

Readings, discussion, and papers on the roles and responsibilities of mass communication in society.

  • JOMC 842 – Seminar in Mass Communication History (3 hours)

Readings, discussion, and projects in mass communication history.

  • JOMC 846 – Seminar in International Communication (3 hours)

Prerequisite, JOMC 446. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Reading and research in selected topics. Focus in recent years has included global news flow, communication and social change, communication in the collapse of communism, Western dominance in international communication, global culture and the influence of technology.

  • JOMC 847 – Communication for Social Justice (3 hours)

Examines the role of media and communication projects in advancing social justice goals. Surveys canonical literature and introduces students to the most recent approaches. Traditionally, the field has considered Global South projects and grassroots communication; this course pays attention to projects and programs for underserved populations of the Global North.

  • JOMC 870 – Seminar in Social and Economic Problems in Advertising (3 hours)

Readings, discussion, and papers on advertising as a social and economic force in contemporary society.

  • JOMC 879 – Seminar in Advertising Research (3 hours)

Readings and discussion examining theories underlying advertising and the testing of those theories through research projects.

  • JOMC 993 – Thesis (3 hours) (must be traditional legal research thesis approved by student’s advisers in the School of Law and the School of Media and Journalism) (for J.D./M.A. in Mass Communication dual degree students)
  • JOMC 993 – Doctoral Research and Dissertation (3 hours) (must be traditional legal research thesis approved by student’s advisers in the School of Law and the School of Media and Journalism) (for J.D./Ph.D. in Mass Communication dual degree students)

UNC School of Law:

  • LAW 200 – Sports Law (3 hours)

This course will consider the legal and regulatory aspects of professional sports. Primary issues will include labor relations, antitrust, contracts, torts, and the regulation of agents.

  • LAW 210 – Copyright Law (3 hours, Spring)

In this course we will explore the rapidly evolving law of copyright. Students will gain an understanding of the broad application of the subject, as we will learn how copyright, originally conceived to protect print publications, has been expanded to protect music, works of art, photography, film, television and digital works, including software. The course will focus on a comprehensive overview of United States copyright law, including the rules of cyberspace in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and will also touch on international copyright issues. Students will gain an understanding, critical in today’s information age, about the private and public interests protected by copyright law. All content is either protected by copyright or in the public domain. Therefore, we will spend time learning to identify whether and for how long a work is protected. To gain an understanding of when copyrighted works may be used without the owner’s permission, the class will discuss many copyright defenses, especially far use. The class will be encouraged to think critically about how well copyright duration, the breadth of the exclusive rights, and how well copyright law has worked to encourage creativity in business, the arts and sciences.

  • LAW 211 – Trademark Law (3 Hours, Fall)

This course covers the federal and state laws that govern trademark rights. The subject matter is of great importance to anyone providing goods or services (including businesses, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations) because all of them rely on protecting their reputation through brands. We will begin with the law of unfair competition and how trademarks fit within the broader context of intellectual property rights. Next, the course will explore how to get, keep and protect trademarks, and how to help different types of clients strengthen their trademark portfolios. The class will then focus on trademark infringement, counterfeiting, trademark dilution and false advertising. We will also explore the fair use of trademarks so that students will gain an understanding of how trademark law permits the unauthorized use of brands by news organizations, competitors and the public. The course will conclude with a discussion of trademarks as speech, trademark use on the internet and in internet domain names.

  • LAW 211P – Trademark Practice (3 Hours, Spring)  – WE

This course is designed to introduce students to the practical skills necessary to help clients identify, keep and use trademarks. In this seminar, we will explore trademark law through practical exercises and writing assignments. We will work on a client matter throughout the semester. Our client will require a search and opinion letter on the availability of a trademark for use in commerce and registration at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). We will have the opportunity to review a commercial search report provided by a leading trademark search company on our client’s proposed trademark.

  •  LAW 220 – Administrative Law (3 Hours, Fall/Spring)

The course is one part constitutional law and two parts administrative process, theory, and practice. The constitutional law aspect focuses on separation-of-powers and due process. The administrative process aspect covers federal agencies (no state agencies or processes are studied) and focuses on the forms of agency decision making (rule making or adjudication), on the relationship between agencies and the political branches, and on judicial review of agency action.

  • LAW 228 – Business Associations (4 hours, Fall/Spring)

Introduction to corporate law and other business entities, with some attention given to partnership and agency law. Primary focus is an examination of the structure, governance, and characteristics of the modern business corporation. Coverage includes fiduciary duties, corporation formation and the formalities required for corporate existence, corporate governance, including elections and meetings of the board of directors, and related matters. We also cover special considerations relating to small businesses, as well as disclosure obligations of publicly held companies. We examine Securities and Exchange Commission requirements, such as insider trading prohibitions, proxy requirements and various anti-fraud requirements. Brief consideration will be given to mergers and other corporate combinations. (Multiple sections offered)

  • LAW 230 – Comparative Law (3 hours) – WE

Study of other legal systems: court systems, civil and criminal procedure, substantive law, and constitutional review, especially in France, Germany, and Italy. We will spend some time on the law of the European Union. Depending upon the time remaining, we may also look at the British common law tradition, law in Muslim countries, or some other topic of interest.

  • LAW 234F – First Amendment (3 hours, Spring)

This course surveys the speech clause and (if time allows) the religion clauses of the First Amendment. Specific speech clause topics include libel, campaign finance, regulation obscenity, hate speech, commercial speech, subversive speech, speech on public property, freedom of association and religious speech. Religion clause issues include school prayer, public displays of religious symbols, and aid to parochial schools.

  • LAW 235 – Consumer Law (3 hours)

This course provides a survey of federal and state laws regulating consumer financial transactions. The course focuses largely on parts of the federal Consumer Credit Protection Act: Truth-in-Lending, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Fair Credit Billing Act and the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act, as well as recent legislation such as the Military Lending Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. It also covers regulation of consumer financial transactions at the state level, including such topics as usury laws, retail installment sales acts, predatory lending acts, and regulation of rent-to-own transactions. In addition to covering details of the relevant regulations, the course explores contemporary policy debates concerning government intervention in consumer financial transactions and the intersection of consumer law with human rights concerns.

  • LAW 240 – Election Law: The Role of Law in the Political Process (3 Hours, Fall)

This course offers a survey of the major themes involved the legal regulation of elections and politics. We will cover many of the major Supreme Court and appellate cases on topics related to voting rights, reapportionment/redistricting, ballot access, regulation of political parties, and election controversies. We will pay particular attention to competing political philosophies and empirical assumptions that underlie the Court’s reasoning while still focusing on the ways lawyers and elected officials alike use these cases as litigation tools and to serve political ends. (Multiple Sections Offered)

  • LAW 252 – International Law (3 Hours, Spring)

The course addresses the questions of the sources of international law; the formation of customary law; the law of treaties; some issues of interaction between international law and the law of the United States; the law of statehood; rules regarding the place of individuals in international law, without, however, special emphasis on international human rights rules; international legal restrictions on state jurisdiction; international legal restrictions on the use of force; the rights of states to protect their nationals, including corporations, from mistreatment by other states; international criminal law and the law of the sea. The course seeks to direct students’ attention regarding the nature of law, and to focus – with respect to particular legal topics – on the basis for any assertion that rules whose existence is asserted are legal rules.

  • LAW 259 – Legal History (2 hours)
  1. The English Heritage (Blackstone, Mansfield, Bentham).
  2. Law in the New Republic, 1776-1835.
  3. American Law and the Crisis of the Republic, 1835-90.
  4. The Twentieth Century and Beyond: Law since 1890.

This course offers a perspective on law and legal education.

  • LAW 265 – Intellectual Property (3 hours, Fall)

This is a survey course, focused primarily on trademark, copyright, and patent, with brief coverage of trade secrets and unfair competition. It is recommended for students planning a general practice or for a career in Intellectual Property.

  • LAW 267 – Advanced Legal Research and Writing (3 hours, Summer/Fall/Spring)

The purpose of this course is to offer students to an opportunity to gain in-depth working knowledge of legal research methods. The course emphasizes teaching the thorough process of legal research, including knowing where to start research and when to stop. It offers students experience using and comparing a broad range of legal research tools, including traditional print sources and electronic materials. The course will review primary legal materials, including administrative law, municipal law and legislative history, as well as a variety of secondary sources and practice materials. The course covers free, low-cost, and cost efficient research.  Additionally, the course introduces foreign and international legal research topics. Upon completion of this course students should be able to evaluate research options and made choices that best suit a particular legal research situation. (Multiple sections offered)

  • LAW 269 – Media Law (3 hours, Spring)

This course explores the wide range of legal and policy issues raised by governmental limitations on and regulation of communications media, including newspapers, broadcast media, cable and the Internet. We will address the core concepts of freedom of expression and their application to a variety of news gathering and publication contexts. Topics covered will include the law governing defamation, invasions of privacy, access to government information and judicial proceedings, the regulation of broadcast and online media, the reporter’s privilege, and the press and national security. Throughout the course we will pay particular attention to the applicability of current legal doctrine to speech on the Internet.

  • LAW 286 – Patent Law (3 Hours, Fall)

This course provides an introduction to essentially all substantive aspects of patent law, including the legal doctrines, public policies, and intellectual theories that inform the practices of patent prosecution, counseling, and litigation. You will initially develop an understanding of the form and substance of the patent instrument, with particular attention to the claims that define the substantive scope of the patent grant. You will then study the statutory requirements for obtaining a patent grant, including utility, novelty, non-obviousness, and adequacy of disclosure. Finally, you will examine the law governing patent infringement, including literal infringement and infringement under the doctrine of equivalents, as well as the applicable defenses and remedies. No prior technical background or knowledge is required or expected, but students should be comfortable with expository readings in science and technology.

  • LAW 310 – Constitutional Adjudication (3 Hours)

In this course, students will argue and decide constitutional cases pending before the United States Supreme Court. Each week, two students argue a case before the rest of the students in the seminar sitting as a simulated Supreme Court. The “Court” will decide the case, and then students will draft and file majority and dissenting opinions, which constitute the course’s written work. The course also includes a field trip to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC, to observe oral arguments and visit with an Associate Justice. 

  • LAW 312 – Constitution and the Political Process (3 hours) – RWE

This seminar will study the state and federal constitutional and statutory law that governs various aspects of the electoral process. Issues to be covered include political gerrymandering and redistricting, alternative election methods, minority voting rights including language minorities, campaign finance reform, the Help America Vote Act and election reform issues, lobbying regulations, and felony disenfranchisement. While historical background on the evolution of the law in these areas will be explored, the focus will be on current issues and future prospects for development of the law and policy. In addition, the course will include a comparative perspective by briefly examining legal structures for democratic participation in other countries. Fundamentally, we will be exploring the question of what constitutional and statutory rules best guarantee a meaningfully democratic political process.

  • LAW 313 – Law and Economics (3 hours)

This course provides a basic introduction to the concepts and methods of economic analysis of law. We will examine the use of economics in various common-law settings (including torts, property, contracts, and civil procedure). We will then delve into the limits of economics analysis in fields such as family law, administrative law, and environmental law. This course does not require previous training in economics or mathematical skills.

  • LAW 329 – Congress and the Presidency (3 hours) – RWE

This seminar will examine the coordination and conflict between the Congress and the President in areas in which they share power and compete for dominance. The topics covered include each branch’s unilateral authority to interpret the Constitution; executive immunity and privilege; judicial selection; impeachment and removal; internal rule-making in the Senate; and foreign affairs. (Requires Constitutional Law)

  • LAW 332 – Legal Issues in Higher Education (3 hours) – RWE

This course focuses on the legal issues unique to the academic and business operations of institutions of higher education. Through examination of applicable laws, cases and regulations, institutional policies, academic custom, and societal expectation, the seminar will explore issues relating to academic freedom, accountability, admissions, athletics, employment (including tenure), gifts, governance, intellectual property, research, risk management, and students, among other topics.

  • LAW 334 – Privacy Law (3 hours, Fall) – RWE

The Privacy Law Seminar explores United States privacy law and may include brief coverage of foreign privacy law. The seminar introduces students to a sampling of privacy law and provides an opportunity to focus on a particular privacy law area while improving writing skills. Each student is expected to create a high-quality academic-style paper that meets the School’s rigorous writing requirement. Peer comments on paper drafts and guidance from the professor provide a framework for development of writing skills.

The course introduces the idea of a body of privacy law, but reveals the hit-and-miss approach that characterizes constitutional, common law, statutory, and regulatory privacy law in the United States. Students will examine examples of privacy law in information and decisional privacy areas involving topics such as media, health, criminal investigation, anonymity, employment, public records, consumer behavior, and various aspects of personal autonomy. Not all aspects of privacy law will be covered each semester. Students will discover that privacy law is a growing area of practice with challenges of harmonizing state, federal, and foreign laws. Reliance on law journal articles as the major resource for the course will support exploration of the role of scholarship in shaping this evolving area of law.

  • LAW 335 – Advanced Torts: Business Torts & Products Liability (3 Hours) – RWE

This advanced torts course has two main components: business torts and products liability.  Most introductory courses focus upon torts that primarily cause personal injury and/or property damage. Tort law, however, extends well beyond these contexts. Indeed, one component of this advanced torts course will cover torts that typically cause pure economic harm — i.e., harms to the pocketbook, rather than harms to the person or property. The course will emphasize the operation of various business torts and their applicability to particular business or economic settings.  Potential business torts topics includeconduct causing pure economic loss, fraud and negligent misrepresentation, interference with existing contract and prospective contractual relations, bad faith breaches of contract as tort, the boundary between tort and contract, business disparagement, and unfair competition as tortious conduct.  The second component of the course will concern products liability, examined in more detail than in the typical introductory course, and including drug and medical device liability.

  • LAW 338 – Advanced Commercial Law and Contracts (3 Hours) – RWE

In this seminar, each student becomes expert in a topic with a nexus to commercial law or contracts. Students should think ahead about their topics to facilitate approval by the professor in the first weeks of the semester. Although the subject may simply reflect an interest, it could be one an employer wishes to have examined in detail. Early in the semester, proposals are roughly grouped for class presentations with class assignments developed by each group working with the professor. Each student completes an individual major paper after rigorous peer and professorial editing of a rough draft.

  • LAW 342 – Comparative Constitutional Law (3 hours, Spring) – RWE

This course explores constitutional law from different parts of the world. The course will start by examining the goals, methods, and practical relevance of comparative constitutional analysis. We will then turn to a comparative analysis of constitutional structures, including differing approaches to the separation of powers and judicial review. The remainder of the course will examine comparative perspectives on constitutional protections of human rights. (NOTE: Students may take this course for either RWE or WE credit. Students who choose to take the course for RWE will complete a long research paper. Students who take the course for WE credit will complete a series of shorter assignments.)

  • LAW 347 – Law and Literature (3 hours, Spring) – RWE

This seminar focuses on selected works of literature that raise critical issues involving law, the legal process and the effects of law and the legal process upon individuals and society.

  • LAW 357C – Cyberspace Law (3 hours, Spring)

A seminar providing an opportunity to learn, write, and critique scholarly writings about a wide range of enduring and emerging legal issues surrounding the use of the Internet. Topics will vary according to student interest, but will likely include: governance of the Internet, information policy, intellectual property on the Web, software patenting, privacy, content regulation, encryption and other access controls, law in virtual worlds, fraud and other Internet crimes, security, law enforcement using the Internet and blogging and other Internet-only activities.

  • LAW 374 – National Security Law (3 Hours, Fall/Spring) – WE

A study of presidential and congressional national security powers under the Constitution and case law; the domestic effect of international law; the use of military force in international relations; investigating terrorism and other national security threats, with a focus on surveillance and other counterterrorism measures; the interrogation and detention of terrorists; prosecuting terrorists in the federal courts and in military commissions; the domestic use of the military in law enforcement; and the state secrets privilege and public access to national security information in civil litigation.

  • LAW 380 – International Law of Human Rights (3 Hours, Spring)

Course will focus on international and regional human rights treaties and enforcement mechanisms consider the customary law of human rights and possibly examine particular human rights issues.

  • LAW 381 – Law and Social Science (3 hours) – RWE

The seminar will focus on a single organizing topic: the corporation as a social, legal, and political actor. Readings drawn from such disciplines as psychology, sociology, and anthropology will address such questions as the behavior of individuals in corporate settings, how corporations participate in the political process, what “corporate culture” means, the concept of corporate social responsibility, and how the law the law can best deter corporate misconduct. No prior social science experience is required.

  • LAW 384 – Intellectual Property Strategies & Transactions Law (3 Hours) – WE

This course introduces students to practical skills necessary to help clients identify, keep, use and share intellectual property. Students start with model agreements needing improvement, and learn to draft language that better fits their clients’ needs. Students develop strategies to protect intellectual property, and create specific guidelines for using these assets cautiously to avoid infringing on the intellectual property rights of others. Students will negotiate and draft intellectual property agreements, such as confidentiality agreements, photography releases, trademark opinion letters, non-compete agreements and license agreements. At the end of the semester, students will have drafted a series of model forms for use in an intellectual property practice. Leading legal practitioners will be guest lecturers.

  • LAW 407 – Computer Crime and Abuse Law (3 Hours, Fall)

This course will survey the legal issues raised by computer-related crime. The course coverage divides into three topics: 1) substantive criminal law, which considers the scope and structure of the criminal laws relating to computer crime; 2) criminal procedure, which examines the nature and function of the privacy laws and constitutional rules that regulate law enforcement investigations of computer-related crime; and 3) jurisdictional issues, which evaluate how competing jurisdictions (state vs. state, federal vs. state, and U.S. vs. foreign) might work together or independently to investigate and prosecute computer-related crimes.

  • LAW 418 – International Intellectual Property Law (3 Hours)

More than 60 percent of U.S. exports now depend on some form of intellectual property protection. This course provides an overview of the substantive content of, and legal authority for, international IP rights, drawing on cases, treaties and materials in copyright, patent and trademark law. We will examine international and comparative law issues of major importance to modern IP practice, including obligations for IP protection arising under international public law, the emerging role of transnational private law in the acquisition and enforcement of IP rights, and the geopolitics of IP trade and harmonization.

  • LAW 468 – Regulation/Deregulation: Concepts and Skills (3 Hours) – WE

This course is offered every other year and is only open to students who have already taken Administrative Law. Substantively, this course studies such substantive types of economic regulation (and deregulation) as those found in the regulation of energy and electricity, telecommunications and the internet, food and pharmaceuticals, and consumer and financial affairs. In addition to sampling from different areas of regulation, the course also covers such overarching topics as the natural monopoly-, externality-, and excessive competition rationales for regulation, and relevant constitutional principles such as those found in the Commerce and Takings Clauses. NOTE: this course is a writing and skills course in which students will learn skills especially useful in regulatory legal practice, such as the use of the Freedom of Information Act, critiquing a cost-benefit analysis of a proposed regulation, participating in a regulatory hearing, and drafting and negotiating regulatory language. The course involves both short written papers and graded participation in skills-related simulations.

  • LAW 475 – Media and Internet Law Practicum (3 Hours) – WE

This is a practice-oriented course focused on media law, Internet law, intellectual property, and communications law. The course will emphasize client counseling; clear and persuasive writing, negotiating, and oral presentations; and critical and strategic thinking and analysis. To facilitate this, students will, in addition to their classroom work, be embedded with students at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JOMC) who are creating and publishing material as part of one of the many projects at JOMC that are actively producing news.  In past years, students have been assigned to Carolina Week (UNC’s television program), Carolina Connection (UNC’s radio program), and Reese News Law (an Internet startup incubator). Due to the unique structure of this class, students will get experience working on teams where the client’s goals dictate their work product. This course is particularly well suited for students who want to gain first-hand experience practicing media law and Internet law.

  • LAW 484 – Copyright and the Music Industry (3 Hours, Fall) – RWE 

The course surveys traditional copyright issues such as natural and positive law, originality, derivatives, public domain, parody, authorship, fair use, and infringement, with emphasis on the unique nature of music copyright – including layered ownership rights, digital media, partial Federal preemption, business models incorporated into copyright statutes, compulsory licenses and royalties, and reactions to developments in technology.

  • LAW 494 – Privacy Law in Practice (3 Hours, Fall) – WE

Privacy Law for Practice provides an overview of the patchwork quilt of U.S. privacy laws and requires students to produce three to five written documents relating to common areas of privacy practice. Students will evaluate client options for issues such as data security breach notice, minimization of risk in creation of website privacy policies, applicability of HIPAA privacy and security regulations, use of social media by employees and employers, and the transfer of consumer data from the European Union to the United States. Privacy law attorneys from industry, private practice, and government will provide insights and may give feedback on selected student projects for the course.

  • LAW 502 – Intellectual Property Clinic (3 hours)

This two-semester, six-credit clinic will train students to be creative and effective advocates on behalf of clients who need to protect the words, symbols, names, images or designs that allow customers to easily identify and authenticate the source of a service or product. Much of the clinic’s work will involve representing independent non-profits, educational institutions, and small businesses before the USPTO.

The clinic’s docket will offer students a mix of experiences in intellectual property law. Concrete tasks will include drafting search and opinion letters on the availability of a trademark for use in commerce and registration at the USPTO as well as reviewing commercial search reports provided by leading trademark search companies on clients’ proposed trademarks.

In addition to their direct client representation, students enrolled in the clinic will participate in a mandatory weekly seminar meeting for which they will not earn extra credit. The seminar meetings, scheduled by mutual agreement with the faculty supervisor, will cover lawyering skills and federal and state laws that govern trademark rights. The clinic will be graded.

  • LAW 610 – Art Law (3 Hours, Fall)

This course introduces students to a variety of legal areas surrounding artists, museums, galleries, auction houses and art collectors. This area of the law embodies contract issues, criminal law matters, intellectual property, constitutional concerns involving free expression, torts and the preservation of cultural heritage artifacts and sites. The impact of technology on these areas is another focus of the course.

Note: For LAW courses, “WE” = Writing Experience and “RWE” = Rigorous Writing Experience.

List and descriptions are current as of October 23, 2015 (but subject to change).