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Youth Arts: Expressing Cultural Identity (EDUC20062)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeEDUC20062
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This subject will explore how young people create their social and personal identities through the arts (including visual and performing arts), and use these processes to relate to peers and society. This subject is taught in intensive mode with a combination of tutorials and cultural site visits. Students will investigate trends in young people's use of the arts to develop and express individualities, and then create an 'artefact' using the arts to illustrate understandings of these trends. Student understanding of youth arts will be contextualised through investigations into the companies, organisations and individuals who provide or facilitate visual and performing arts works and experiences for young people. The subject will support the students to understand the processes associated with art-making with young people. During some of the classes, students may have the opportunity to work alongside young people from Victorian secondary schools on the practical class activities.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this subject, students will:

  • Develop greater understanding of contemporary social cultural theories;
  • Experience a range of arts practices as art-makers and/or audience members;
  • Develop skills in applying arts making and responding skills to workplace situations;
  • Explore and develop personal understanding of the ways young people use the arts and technology/digital media when developing and expressing personal values, beliefs and personal identity;
  • Practise skills of critical reflection and critique


Generic skills

This subject will assist students to acquire the following graduate attributes:

  • A strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship;
  • In-depth knowledge of their specialist modes of expression;
  • Critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning;
  • Expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse settings;
  • The capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems;
  • The capacity to initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces;
  • Excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations;
  • An awareness of the strategies to initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces.

Last updated: 22 May 2019