Arts and Community Engagement

Subject CCDP90005 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

March, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 16-Feb-2015
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 07-Mar-2015
Assessment Period End 08-May-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 18-Feb-2015
Census Date 04-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 10-Apr-2015

June, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 01-Jun-2015
Teaching Period 15-Jun-2015 to 20-Jun-2015
Assessment Period End 21-Aug-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 03-Jun-2015
Census Date 17-Jun-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 24-Jul-2015

November, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 26-Oct-2015
Teaching Period 09-Nov-2015 to 14-Nov-2015
Assessment Period End 15-Jan-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 28-Oct-2015
Census Date 11-Nov-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 18-Dec-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 20
Total Time Commitment:

One week: 40 hours (including reading)

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:
  • Undergraduate degree in the arts (across art forms such as the performing arts, music, visual arts, film, dance & digital arts)
  • A complementary degree in associated areas such as social sciences , areas within the design industry sector –architecture, landscape, computer science and also related areas in cultural studies, applied sciences and in international development fields )

Equivalent of 3 years professional practice in the creative arts industry

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Mr Dean Merlino


Mr Dean Merlino


phone number: 9035 9138

Subject Overview:

The first unit/ subject 1 will examine the social, cultural, artistic, philosophical and ethical content and context of CCD practice. Teaching and learning approaches will examine the current community contexts of the creative arts as a community based practice in Australia and Internationally. Study will be conducted through lectures, readings, group discussions, and visiting talks from some leading practitioners. The readings will be drawn from current Australian and International CCD best practice. Students will be made aware of the principles of community development – empowerment, social change, human rights, cultural values and diversity, local knowledge, inclusiveness, community building, sustainability and global/local interfaces. In addition, students will conduct individual research on a CCD program and present a talk on what underpins that program.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and examine current Community Cultural Development practice.
  • Examine how through the ethos of community-based participatory arts can foster inter-cultural dialogue through the creativity & new collaborative arts program initiatives
  • Exhibit the skills to interpret, analyse and problem solve.
  • Become aware of principles of Community Cultural Development practice
  • Understand education methodology as a central component of CCD

Display a broad local/global understanding, with high regard for human rights, equity and ethics.


  • Class participation and engagement (20%)
  • Written journal (30%)
  • Presentation of Research Paper (50%)
Prescribed Texts:

Jim Ife "Chapter 10: Principles of community Development" in Community- Based Alternatives in an Age of Globalisation Melbourne, Pearson Education Australia 2001, pp. 210-225

Ariene Goldbard "Chapter 1: Understanding Community Cultural Development" in New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development Oakland, New Village Press, 2006 pp. 17 -42

Eleanora Belfiore & Oliver Bennett The Social Impact of the Arts - Palgrave Macmillan Publishers 201

Pablo Helguera Education for Socially Engaged Art –materials & techniques handbook - Pinto Books Inc 2011

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

The ability to:

use a range of research tools and methodologies

solve problems

interpret and analyse

The capability:

to reflect and evaluate

for critical thinking

Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Arts and Community Engagement
Master of Directing for Performance

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