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Unit Overview


This unit covers not only intellectual property law, which is a major focus of China today, but also a new and crucial dimension of it—China's booming innovation-based economy. It aims to prepare students for understanding, in a critical manner, the pros and cons of China's major economic driving force in the near future—the innovation-based economy in global and comparative contexts.

The unit provides students with (1) a comprehensive analysis of China's intellectual property laws and policies; (2) a comprehensive analysis of China's pro-innovation policies, laws and incentives and its cultural, social and global contexts; and (3) an overview of China's innovation economy, in global and comparative contexts.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) describe major aspects of China's intellectual property (IP) laws and pro-innovation policies; (2) describe multidisciplinary perspectives that critically place China's IP law in global and comparative contexts; (3) apply new and multidisciplinary skills in research projects; (4) analyse China's innovation economy and the relevant laws and policies; (5) evaluate various comments and arguments around China's intellectual property and innovation issues; and (6) create independent thoughts by conducting research and work in team and independently.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) presentation; (2) assignment; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Ken Shao
Unit rules
LAWS2201 Legal Framework of Business
or LAWS2207 Commercial Law
or LAWS2206 Taxation Law
Contact hours
3 hours per week.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.