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.
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
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||demonstrate and critically analyse how the concepts of law, culture and property relate to one another in legal and humanistic scholarship||Intellectual rigour|
|2||demonstrate knowledge of the basic history, theory, and ethics that have underpinned the emergence of intellectual property, particularly as this domain of law relates to traditional knowledge and cultural heritage||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
|3||analyse the significance of existing law on intellectual and cultural property, as well as how these laws function to protect or fail to protect traditional knowledge||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
|4||explain how intellectual property mechanisms have been used both to exploit and protect cultural heritage and traditional knowledge in the past, as well as think about how such mechanisms might be used in the future||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
|5||demonstrate basic knowledge of specific case studies where questions of intellectual property have figured prominently in the management of cultural heritage and traditional knowledge||Knowledge of a discipline||Cultural competence|
|6||demonstrate their skills in legal research, critical analysis and the written presentation of research and argument||Intellectual rigour|
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3
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