Faculty of Education

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 Education
OfferedBerwick First semester 2014 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Susanne Garvis


This unit is designed for both pre-service teachers and professionals who perform teaching roles in workplaces such as: community, business, TAFE, schools or other diverse contexts. The unit focuses on the increasing need to think creatively and practice creatively and the nature of arguments that promote and support this. It develops students' capacities and understandings of the character of creative pedagogies, their place, their purpose and their impact in contemporary society. It positions students to critically evaluate creative teaching and learning practice using the wide body of literature on creativity, arts, imagination and innovation. This includes the impact of creative pedagogies on working relationships and on the communities in which they are engaged. Students trial a range of creative pedagogies through a hands-on approach to learning. Through a range of practical exercises, students develop skills in imagination, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, generative exploration and risk-taking and reflect on these experiences as they expand their teaching repertoire to respond to various learning contexts.


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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the aims, approaches and resources relevant to creativity and innovation as reflected in local, national and international curriculum, educational and economic policy documents
  2. critically evaluate the discourses in which concepts of creativity, imagination and innovation are advanced
  3. develop and consolidate skills in imaginative thinking, creative collaboration and problem-solving, and arts-based pedagogies
  4. create innovative approaches to engage learning in educational contexts of relevance
  5. articulate the impact of creative pedagogies on relationships within the contexts in which they are employed
  6. construct and articulate an informed and critical perspective to guide action to nurture the creative and imaginative dispositions of both young people and adult peers in a range of learning communities.


Creative collaboration (4800 words, 60%)
Creative pedagogies portfolio or critical essay (3200 words, 40%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face to face component of 12 hours over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for flexible students:

  • 12 contact hours and 24 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester or
  • 36 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study