Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Introduces students to basic concepts associated with intellectual property and how these forms of law interact with traditional knowledge and cultural expressions. Students will engage in analytical discussions concerning assigned readings and case based analysis from real-word scenarios presented during class. In this iteration of the course the real-world scenarios will be drawn from South Asia.

Unit content

Topic 1: Thinking About Law, Culture, and Property

Topic 2: Introduction to Intellectual Property Mechanisms and the Logics of Ownership

Topic 3: Culture as Resource, Culture as Property

Topic 4: Traditional Knowledge v. Modern Knowledge: The Difficulty of Intellectual Property in Accounting for Cultural Expression

Topic 5: Cultural Piracy: Early Examples and Key Disputes

Topic 6: Solutions at Law: The Development of Cultural Property Protections

Topic 7: Solutions Outside the Law: Non-legal solutions with legal implications

Topic 8: Alternative Conceptions of Ownership and Connectivity, The Case of Yoga and Intellectual Property


Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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