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Unit of Study LAWS2049 - Wisdom, Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property (2021)

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

demonstrate and critically analyse how the concepts of law, culture and property relate to one another in legal and humanistic scholarship

demonstrate knowledge of the basic history, theory, and ethics that have underpinned the emergence of intellectual property, particularly as this domain of law relates to traditional knowledge and cultural heritage

analyse the significance of existing law on intellectual and cultural property, as well as how these laws function to protect or fail to protect traditional knowledge

explain how intellectual property mechanisms have been used both to exploit and protect cultural heritage and traditional knowledge in the past, as well as think about how such mechanisms might be used in the future

demonstrate basic knowledge of specific case studies where questions of intellectual property have figured prominently in the management of cultural heritage and traditional knowledge

demonstrate their skills in legal research, critical analysis and the written presentation of research and argument