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
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedNot offered in 2014


This unit examines the relationship between cultural production and consumption and new agendas for sustainable economic and social development developed by UNESCO, the World Bank and other international agencies. By cultural economy we include the broad range of cultural/creative industries, arts and traditional cultural practices and products, handicraft and forms of manufacture. We explicitly situate these as economic practices embedded in wider social and cultural contexts. Through our interdisciplinary and practice-based approach, we examine how cultural economies might be used to provide employment, strengthen identity and resilience and point to more sustainable, less volatile and dependent growth for developing countries. Through lectures, case studies and workshops, students are encouraged to bring their own experiences to bear on this emerging field of development.


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

  1. Have a broad overview of contemporary issues in cultural economy and development
  2. Have an appreciation of the specific and practical challenges and opportunities for cultural economies in developing countries
  3. Apply independent research skills to a range of problems in the field of culture and sustainable development
  4. Be able to write and communicate effectively and in analytical depth
  5. Have a high degree of intercultural competence and effectively engage with the culture and development agenda in different parts of the world
  6. Be able to effectively utilise academic concepts to identify and investigate concrete challenges and issues in cultural development


Case study workshop presentation: 30%
Final essay:70%

Workload requirements

Seminar/workshop attendance: 2 hours per week
Seminar/workshop preparation (reading, presentations): 8 hours per week
Library/research: 16 hours per week


No prerequisite for this unit other than the prerequisites students are obliged to undertake in the Master of International Development.