Arts Law in Australia

Subject AMGT30001 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week , 6 additional hours/week. Total of 9 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Usually 25 points of second year creative arts or arts subjects.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: None
Subject Overview:

This subject provides an introduction to Australian law as it applies to the arts and examines the tensions that arise between creative practices and legal concepts. It introduces a number of areas of law relevant to an arts practitioner and arts organisations including intellectual property, contract law, censorship and legal structures for collaborative arts activities.

Objectives: Students who successfully complete this subject will:
  • understand the laws, principles and processes associated with the arts industry;
  • understand the distinctions between moral and legal rights;
  • be able to demonstrate the ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex legal and industrial concepts;
  • be able to present legal issues in appropriate language.

An issues paper of 1500 words (40% of assessment) due mid-semester. A research paper of 2500 words (60% of assessment) due at the end of semester. Hurdle requirements include: a minimum 80% attendance. class participation and one seminar presentation.

Assessment submitted late without an approved formal extension will be penalised at 2% per day. Students who fail to submit up to 2-weeks after the final due date without a formal extension and/ or special consideration will receive a fail grade for the piece of assessment.

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    Breadth Options:

    This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

    Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
    Generic Skills: Students who complete this subject will:
    • demonstrate written skills to present essay work on an approved topic to an advanced level;
    • access a broad range of resource material, including traditional text and electronic media;
    • demonstrate critical thinking and analysis;
    • communicate argument logically and economically.
    Related Course(s): Bachelor of Creative Arts
    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of Music
    Diploma in Creative Arts
    Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Socio-legal Studies Major

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