Indigenous Arts Protocol, Policy and Law

Subject INAM60003 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 6 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

November, Southbank - 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: 40 hours
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Subject Overview: This subject will provide a contemporary overview of Indigenous protocols, Indigenous cultural law and Intellectual Property as well as a major focus on the arts policy framework in which Indigenous arts sits in Australia. Students who complete this subject will have a broader understanding of cultural law, respect, responsibility, community consultation and professional ethics. The subject will also focus on national, state and local arts policy, cultural heritage policy, policy development, funding and reporting, cross-sectoral work, and occupational health and safety. A major focus of this subject will be arts law, authenticity and Indigenous cultural and Intellectual Property.
  • understand the signficance and responsibilities of Indigenous Cultural Law in relation to Indigenous arts;
  • understand policy and how it affects Indigenous arts, state wide and nationally;
  • understand the ethical and legal issues surrounding the management, marketing and protection of Indigenous arts - intellectual and cultural property, community ownership, copyright, contracts, defamation, censorship and discrimination.
Assessment: Students will be assessed upon the quality of their class participation (15%); Group Seminar presentation of research paper 1,800 words (each student) (35%); Presentation of personal research project equivalent to 3,000 words (50%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject students should
  • be able to research through competent use of various information sources, and be able to define the areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of seminar presentations and marketing projects;
  • acquired awareness of the requirements of ethical practice in relation to research engaging cross-cultural collaboration and intellectual property issues;
  • be able to participate in team work through involvement in group work;
  • gain experience of methods of critical inquiry and argument leading to improved analytical skills;
  • comprehend complex concepts and be able to use this knowledge to problem solve;
  • be able to communicate knowledge ideologically and economically through project writing and tutorial discussion.

Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Arts Management

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