Indigenous Arts Protocol, Policy and Law

Subject INAM60003 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 6 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 40 hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours per semester





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Core Participation Requirements:

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Eugenia Flynn

Student Programs Coordinator

Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development
Faculty of VCA and MCM
The University of Melbourne

Ground Floor, Hub Building 863
234 St Kilda Rd,

Southbank Vic 3006 Australia
T +61 3 9035 9382

F +61 3 9035 9085

Subject Overview:

This subject provides a contemporary overview of Indigenous protocols, Indigenous cultural law and intellectual property with a major focus on the arts policy framework in which Indigenous arts sits in Australia to give you a broader understanding of cultural law, respect, responisbility, community consultation and professional ethics. The subject focuses on national, state and local arts policy, cultural heritage policy, policy development, funding and reporting, cross-sectoral work, and occupational health and safety.

Learning Outcomes:
  • 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.

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%)

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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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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