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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Elizabeth Paton


In this unit students consider individual, group and social processes driving creativity and creative action. Themes include the role of cognition, imagination, judgment, criticism, personality, materials, forms, humor, social milieu, and cities in the creative process. The aim is for students to understand the multiple factors affecting creativityand how creative individuals, organizations and societies are possible. Examples will be drawn from a wide variety of creative arts including theatre, film and visual arts, architecture, music, writing and publishing.


On the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of the general nature of creative processes.
  2. An understanding of the relation between individual, group and social aspects of creativity.
  3. An enhanced capacity to identify creative acts, works, and processes.
  4. An ability to explain and analyze course concepts and debates in written and oral forms, and to engage at a high level of independent research.


Essay 1 (theory and debates) (4000 words): 40%
Essay 2 (Case Study) (5000 words): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Elizabeth Paton

Contact hours

One 2- hour seminar per week


Completion of Bachelor of Arts or equivalent