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
Organisational UnitCommunications and Media Studies
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Shane Homan


This unit examines the complex notion of 'the creative city' through a combination of conceptual, case study workshop and local fieldwork. The unit examines the discourse of 'creative city' in academic and policy-oriented literature as a form of urban governance, city branding, urban regeneration and community-based arts and cultural interventions. It will use key case studies to link these discourses to concrete situations, requiring the students to bring their own experiences and take an active stance towards the aspirations and problematics embedded within these cases. There will be small limited fieldwork (normally within Melbourne) in order that students can lead and participate in workshop sessions.


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

  1. Have a broad overview of contemporary issues involved in discourses and practices around the creative city.
  2. Have an appreciation of the specific and practical challenges and opportunities involved in the different dimensions of 'creative city' initiatives.
  3. Apply independent research skills to a range of problems in the field of creative cities
  4. Be able to write and communicate effectively and in analytical depth
  5. Be able to effectively utilise academic concepts to identify and investigate concrete challenges and issues in creative city initiatives


There will be observational fieldwork within Melbourne, mainly the CBD. This would involve 8 hours maximum


Case study workshop presentation: 40%
Final essay:60%

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Workload requirements

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