Community Performance and Ritual

Subject CCDP70002 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 Hours
Total Time Commitment:

240 Hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Mr Dean Merlino


Dean Merlino

Community Cultural Development

Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006

Phone: 9035 9138

Subject Overview:

This subject examines the place of forms of ritual and performance in community life and its relationship to CCD practice. The subject will consider typologies of ritual, modes and sites of community performance and engage with debates around intercultural exchanges.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students will:

• critically engage with concepts of community performance and ritual;
• show and demonstrate an understanding of the breadth of forms of ritual and performance in contemporary culture;
• consider the relationships between forms of community performance and CCD practice.


Contribution and participation in seminar discussions (10%); written assignment or equivalent project documentation 4,000 words (50%) due in the examination period with feedback; seminar presentation at the end of semester (40%).

Hurdle requirements:
Students must attend 80% of all scheduled classes and attempt all elements of assessment to be eligible for a pass in this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Subject reader available for purchase from Student Centre.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students will:

• display an ability for intellectual discourse;
• confidently communicate verbal and written skills;
• exhibit the skills to interpret, analyse and problem solve;
• demonstrate an understanding of community cultural development theoretical frameworks, philosophy, history and practice;
• present a developed knowledge of the creative processes within community based arts practice;
• express community cultural development theory and practice in an accessible form at community level, through both written and oral methods;
• demonstrate leadership and mentor skills;
• demonstrate an open, independent and inquiring attitude towards contemporary cultural developments and new ideas;
• critically and creatively engage with topics of cultural significance across communities;
• understand and appreciate how all the arts connect with the broader society and contribute to its social and economic development, and
• understand their relationship with and responsibility to their cultural environment and society.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Community Cultural Development
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Arts and Cultural Management
100 Point Moving Image
150 Point Master of Arts and Cultural Management
200 Point Master of Arts and Cultural Management
200 Point Moving Image

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