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Performance and Community Engagement (THTR90009)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeTHTR90009
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The subject will examine the social, cultural, artistic, philosophical and ethical content and context of the interface of performance with Community and Cultural Development (CCD) practice in Australia and internationally. Study will be conducted through lectures, readings, group discussions, workshops and visiting talks from leading practitioners. The readings will be drawn from current Australian and international CCD best practice. The emphasis of the subject is the awareness 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 current CCD performance program and present a talk on what underpins that program.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subjects students should be able to:

  • identify key principles of Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) practice, including art as a catalyst for social change;
  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the history of Community Art and Cultural Development (CACD) in the Australian context;
  • demonstrate working knowledge of the issues, demands and approaches specific to arts leadership in a Community Art and Cultural Development (CACD) setting, including interdisciplinary collaboration, group facilitation cultural competency and artist self-care;
  • communicate and justify a vision for a CACD project, demonstrating the application of CACD principles to a specific cultural context;
  • apply appropriate methods for the evaluation of artistic and social outcomes of CACD projects.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


  • Winter Term only
  • Written community Project Plan (2000 words)
  • 2000 words
At the end of the assessment period40%
  • Winter Term only
  • Reflexive Research Journal (2000 words)
  • 2000 words
At the end of the assessment period40%
  • Class Participation and 10 min Class Presentation (1000 words equivalent)
  • 10 minutes
End of semester20%

Dates & times

  • June
    CoordinatorDraf Draffin
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment150 hours
    Teaching period24 June 2019 to 28 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date25 June 2019
    Census date28 June 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 7 July 2019
    Assessment period ends14 July 2019

    June contact information

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

Last updated: 19 July 2019