APG5068 - Creative cities - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Communications and Media Studies


Dr Xin Gu

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


The unit has a domestic field tripdomestic field trip (http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/currentstudents/field-trips/) component and may incur an additional cost.


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


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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