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 2015 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Professor Justin O'Connor


This unit will introduce the core conceptual and historical dimensions of the MCA, including the emergence of arts and cultural policy, the rise of the cultural and creative industries, urban regeneration and urban cultural economies, and the evolution of cultural/ creative work. In particular it will explore the concepts and claims of "cultural economy" - that the economy is a constructed socio-cultural phenomenon - and examine the consequences of these for existing and future practices by individuals, businesses and policy agencies operating within the cultural economy per se. Students will be asked to submit two assignments based on concepts and issues generated by the unit content.


On the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A broad overview of the conceptual, historical and contemporary issues involved in notions of the cultural economy;
  2. Critically evaluate the different approaches to cultural economy and the issues they raise;
  3. Apply independent research skills to a range of conceptual and historical problems in the field of cultural economy;
  4. An ability to write and communicate effectively and in analytical depth;
  5. An ability to effectively utilise academic concepts to identify and investigate concrete challenges and issues involved in specific aspects of the cultural economy.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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