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Contemporary Issues for the Creative and Cultural Sector PG (11158.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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This unit will survey, critique and analyse current issues in the creative and cultural sector as well as some of the methods, measures and techniques being introduced to address them. The unit will be based around an intensive, conference style presentation featuring creative industry and cultural sector leaders, including leading researchers from the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research. This will be available in both face to face and live streaming formats. Presentations will be followed by knowledge cafes where students will interact (digitally and face to face) with peers, researchers, educators, professionals and leaders to explore and brainstorm approaches to sectoral challenges. Assessment will entail further research and analysis around an identified issue or theme and may be include material in diverse formats including digital, film, audio, photography, or writing a piece for The Conversation.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding of key contemporary issues for the creative and cultural sector industries;

2. Apply a range of analytical and critical approaches to contemporary social and cultural issues; and

3. Effectively communicate issues, approaches and solutions in a chosen media.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours of a flexible series of events, master classes and discussion sessions per week.





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