EDF5814 - Creative research approaches - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Melissa Wolfe


Melissa Wolfe

Not offered in 2019


EDF6005, EDF6007


This unit is offered in alternate (even-numbered) years only.


This unit offers students the opportunity to learn about creative research methods and how to apply practical and theoretical knowledge to inquiry projects across school, workplace and community contexts. Students are introduced to the application of creative research methods in a variety of community contexts and then learn to apply it to a context of their choosing. Students learn about the expanding discourses and practices of arts-based research including video, games, social media, performance, ethnodrama and computer-mediated arts methods. They also engage with contemporary post-qualitative theories. Using this knowledge, students design and implement a small project. They work collaboratively with an organisation or community learning group of relevance to them. They are encouraged to critically examine the links between education, creative generation, community-building and social inclusion. No previous experience in the arts or prior organisational connections are necessary to participate in this unit.


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

  1. Apply appropriate arts-based practice and/or post-qualitative theories to a proposed small research project with an education/learning based group of their choosing.
  2. Design and generate an applied creative small research project that investigates an aspect of education and collaborates creatively with participants of the project in a generative manner.
  3. Demonstrate a capacity to critically reflect, evaluate and apply knowledge within the creative research context.


Independent creative and/or arts based proposal (3000 words, 40%)

Independent creative and/or arts based study research report (5000 words, 60%)

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:

  1. 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
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

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