Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCommunications and Media Studies
OfferedOverseas First semester 2014 (Off-campus block of classes)
Overseas Term 3 2014 (Off-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Professor Justin O'Connor


This unit takes staff and students to Shanghai. Students will receive lectures from Monash staff and engage in observational study of China's biggest city. Shanghai is the economic capital of China and the site where western modernity first made landfall in the 1850s. Since that time it has evolved under a complex mix of domestic and international influences. Since 1992 it has been promoted as China's global city and has used arts and culture, and later the cultural creative industries as an essential part of this ambition. This unit allows students to experience this dynamic city first hand, guided by Monash staff who have researched and lived in the city. Students will be given local context, information and a research overview by Monash staff who will also supervise small study excursions of the city.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Have an introductory understanding of the historical development of cultural economy in Shanghai
  2. Have an appreciation of the specific and practical challenges and opportunities facing those wotking the the cultural industries and cultural clusters in Shanghai
  3. Have a high degree of intercultural competence and effectively engage with students and staff from different cultures and places.
  4. Be able to write and communicate effectively and in analytical depth
  5. Show an ability to operate indepedently and responsibly in a different cultural context.


Travel log: 40%
Essay: 60%

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Workload requirements

Intensive program involving ten days minimum residence in Shanghai