Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Elizabeth Paton


Previously coded MCA4040


In this unit students consider the political economy, economic growth, social impact, status and authority, policy environments, geographical location, and organizational forms of cultural and creative industries. The unit looks at how creative industries and cultural institutions relate to creative energies and processes. The relationship between society, art, cultural bodies and the economy is analyzed. Examples are drawn from a wide variety of culture industries including theatre, film and visual arts, architecture, music, writing and publishing - and cultural institutions such as museums, galleries, cultural media and universities.


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

  1. An understanding of theories and major analyses of creative and cultural industries.
  2. An understanding of the cultural, social and economic significance of creative and cultural industries.
  3. An enhanced capacity to analyze the functioning of creative industries.
  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)

Dr Elizabeth Paton

Contact hours

One 2- hour seminar per week


Completion of Bachelor of Arts or equivalent