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SCA2001 Cultural Responsibilities and Creative Communities

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: David Burton


The impact of creative work on and in communities is often long lasting and profound for participants. Taking responsibility for developing culture projects that are safe, genuine and efficacious is vital to working within communities. Cultural sensitivity and creative intent enables adaptable behaviours to promote cultural fluency across and between diverse contexts. The ability to function effectively in different cultural contexts is essential for all artists and professionals working in communities.

Working in communities is part agency, part advocacy and possessing the insight and or practice in cultural intelligence assists in connecting communities together. This course seeks to deliberately and strategically model culturally responsible practices to enliven students’ abilities to integrate multiple perspectives into their communities in order to guide and promote innovation and wellbeing through immersive and engaged practice.

This course will develop student awareness around the advocacy and agency that may be produced where creative and culturally responsible practice is applied in community contexts. The design and management of cultural responsibility, reflective practices, and sensitive collaborative strategies will be discussed in order to increase student abilities to consider people "other" than themselves when working in communities, for the promotion of innovation and wellbeing. Students will learn how to understand their own inherent biases to raise their awareness of the values, ideas and sensitivities of people "other" than themselves. Students will undertake a range of authentic assessments designed to develop their capacity for work in communities upon graduation.

Course learning outcomes

  1. Recognise and define cultural responsibility and ethics, and, its relationship to community and individual wellbeing.
  2. Identify and leverage key debates in diversity, bias, ethics, assumption, advocacy and agency in community arts in Australia.
  3. Apply reflective strategies for increasing community cultural capacity through analysing a variety of materials and relevant resources regarding cultural intelligence.
  4. Collaboratively plan models and strategize for adapting creative cultural behaviours for diverse community contexts.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Unconscious Bias and Assumption 20.00
2. Diversity in Communities 20.00
3. Advocacy, Agency and Ethical Practice 20.00
4. Wellbeing and Creative Communities: Belonging and Empowerment 20.00
5. Cultural and Creative Adaptations: Art Making for Inclusion 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Date printed 27 June 2022