Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2102: Art and Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

While the module’s precise content will vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


  • Introduction to Art and Law
  • Access to and Reuse of the Public Domain
  • Art and Decolonisation
  • Art and the Internet
  • Art and Appropriation
  • Graffiti and the Law
  • Performance Art and Law
  • Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Indigenous Artifacts and Cultural Content

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities16.511 x 1.5 hour Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities155 x 3 hour Seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities5.5Film/on-site field trip activities
Guided independent study555 hours of reading before each lecture
Guided independent study30Seminar preparation
Guided independent study 5Formative preparation
Guided independent study 23Consolidation of learning

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).


  • Hyperallergic / Art Movements, ‘The Relationship Between Art and Law Since the 1960s with Joan Kee’ (2019)
  • Hyperallergic / Art Movements, ‘Talking Digital Colonialism with Moreshin Allahyari’ (2019)
  • NYU Engelberg Center for Innovation Policy, ‘Why Art Does Not Need Copyright with Amy Adler’ (2008)
  • This American Life, ‘We are in the Future: Past Imperfect with Azie Dungey’ (2017)
  • Museopunks, ‘Decolonization and its Discontents with Sumaya Kassim and Nathan Mudyi Sentence’ (2019)


  • will.i.am, ‘Smile Mona Lisa’ (2016)
  • The Carters, ‘APESHIT’ (2018)
  • American Alliance of Museums, ‘Keynote Speakers: Donoval Livingston and Frank Waln’ (2018)

Other Learning Resources

Exhibitions and Artworks:

  • Al-Badri N and Nelles N, The Other Nefertiti (2019)
  • Roberts A, No Copyright Infringement Intended (2017)
  • Mundy O, I Know Where Your Cat Lives (2014)
  • Walker K, Fons Americanus (2019)
  • Galanin N, Shadow on the Land, an excavation and bush burial (2020)