CourseWho Owns Native Culture? - Law 631F
Instructor Melissa L. Tatum   View Faculty Page
Units 2 - Graded


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Federal Indian Law and Intellectual Property courses helpful but not required

This 2-credit course examines cultural heritage protection and the redefinition of indigenous peoples’ heritage as a proprietary resource. Discussion will include select case law, the ethical and economic issues raised by the worldwide circulation of indigenous art, music, and biological knowledge, and the fundamental dichotomy of heritage as a protected resource within a multicultural society.


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Course Format

Two unit graduate course with graded papers/assignments, open to graduate students in Law, American Indian Studies, and Anthropology. Limit of 20 students. No substantial paper option. 

Written Assignments

Several short papers will be required throughout the semester, in addition to a final paper.

Type of Exam

None, course will have a final paper

Basis for grading  
Additional Comments

2 units (Graded for JD and AIS MA and PhD students; Pass/Fail for IPLP LLM & SJD students)

Instructor: Melissa Tatum
Telephone: 520.626.9762
Office Hours: By appointment; Rountree Hall, Room 309


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