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 Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Shane Homan


In this unit students are required to select one cultural industry and identify a central issue, dynamic or problem. Students are asked to identify cultural businesses or agencies and explore these issues at a deeper empirical level involving fieldwork and data collection. They will be expected to engage in and reflect upon the highly specific contexts and challenges facing contemporary cultural industries. Assessment also includes a reflexive account of their fieldwork.


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

  1. Increase their knowledge of contemporary debates and issues in the cultural industries;
  2. Plan and conduct an empirical research project;
  3. Apply cultural economy concepts and research to the analysis of industry contexts;
  4. Demonstrate the ability to undertake a high level of independent research;
  5. Demonstrate a high level of communication skills in argument and written presentation.


Students are required to collect data on, make contact with and interview key relevant businesses or agencies as determined by the choice of their project. Observation and dialogue with key industries will comprise the fieldwork and analytical components of the Fieldwork Log assessment.


Cultural industry project plan: 20%
Fieldwork log: 20%
Cultural industry project essay: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

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


Completion of one core unit (APG4900 or APG4662)