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Indigenous Arts Protocol, Policy and Law (INAM60003)

Graduate coursework level 6Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework Level 6
Subject codeINAM60003
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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.

Intended 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.

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.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



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%)

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorTiriki Onus
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours40 hours per week
    Total time commitment150 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

    Tiriki Onus

    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

Time commitment details

150 hours per semester

Further information

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  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 3 April 2019