LAW5301 - Copyright - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.

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City (Melbourne)

  • Term 3 2017 (Evening)


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Previously coded as LAW7011


The unit covers copyright, the branch of intellectual property law concerned with protecting various forms of creative and informational expression. We will study the rationales for granting protection, the international treaty framework, the legal principles governing subsistence, infringement, ownership and licensing, related rights (including moral rights and the resale royalty) and proposals for law reform. The unit is delivered via a 'flipped classroom' model, with students expected to cover the bulk of the substantive content out of class time using the detailed notes and videos provided. Seminar hours will be spend applying that law to a range of fact scenarios and discussion important issues of national and international copyright policy. At the end of the unit, participating students will have significantly developed their higher level reasoning, problem-solving and advocacy skills.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. apply knowledge and understanding of recent developments in relation to copyright law with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice;
  2. investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to Australian and international copyright law;
  3. interpret and identify interpretative challenges in complex legislation;
  4. debate, decide, enunciate and defend positions on important questions of copyright policy, orally and in writing; and
  5. use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to copyright law.


Class participation: 10%

Quizzes: 25%

Teach-the-class written exercise: 15%

Take-home exam (3,750 words): 50%

Workload requirements

This unit utilises a flipped learning approach. As for other units, 144 student learning hours will be expected over the course of the unit, including 21 hours of face-to-face seminars.

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