APG5066 - Shanghai city lab - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Communications and Media Studies


Professor Justin O'Connor

Dr Xin Gu

Unit guides





This unit takes staff and students to Shanghai. Students will receive lectures from Monash staff and engage in observational study of China's biggest city. Shanghai is the economic capital of China and the site where western modernity first made landfall in the 1850s. Since that time it has evolved under a complex mix of domestic and international influences. Since 1992 it has been promoted as China's global city and has used arts and culture, and later the cultural creative industries as an essential part of this ambition. This unit allows students to experience this dynamic city first hand, guided by Monash staff who have researched and lived in the city. Students will be given local context, information and a research overview by Monash staff who will also supervise small study excursions of the city.


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

  1. Have an introductory understanding of the historical development of cultural economy in Shanghai.
  2. Have an appreciation of the specific and practical challenges and opportunities facing those working the cultural industries and cultural clusters in Shanghai.
  3. Have a high degree of intercultural competence and effectively engage with students and staff from different cultures and places.
  4. Be able to write and communicate effectively and in analytical depth.
  5. Show an ability to operate independently and responsibly in a different cultural context.


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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