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Arts Law (AMGT90002)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeAMGT90002
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces the general framework of Australia's legal system as it relates to the arts and cultural sector. It then focuses on three areas relevant to all cultural sectors: contract, copyright and negligence. Aspects of trade practices law and corporations legislation will also be examined. A range of other issues are covered in outline, including the limits imposed on artistic expression by defamation law and censorship.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • understand the principles and laws associated with such legal issues as intellectual property in arts industry contexts;
  • analyse and contribute to broader intellectual debates on legal issues that impact upon arts management;
  • demonstrate the ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex contractual concepts and obligations regarding artists rights in arts industry contexts; and
  • identify and access appropriate professional assistance in relation to specific legal issues in the arts industry contexts.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:

  • be able to access and adequately interpret a broad range of resource material, including traditional text and electronic media;
  • be able to identify potential problems and appropriate solutions;
  • be able to show analytical abilities;
  • be able to hypothesise and promote arguments; and
  • be able to demonstrate clear and concise communication skills, both verbal and written.

Last updated: 27 November 2018