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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2010 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2010 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Peter Murphy


The unit examines the way in which communicative behaviour functions to expand and constrain and mediate creative action in the political, social and technological domains, and in the arts and sciences. The unit asks what is an "act of creation"? Is it defined by newness, innovation, originality? Or is it a mimesis of nature? How has it been defined in history? How is it defined by the law? What role does it play in modern economies? The unit looks at how communication mediates creative action. It reflects on whether creativity is primarily an expressive act-the authentic communicative action of individuals or societies that invent themselves. Or whether creative communication is primarily a structural force-characterized by paradox, analogy, apposition and opposition, similitude, pattern, rhythm, and the like.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Understanding of the debates about the definition of creative action;
  2. Understanding of the role of communication in facilitating, constraining and mediating creative action;
  3. Understanding of creative communication both as a form of individual and social action;
  4. Increased knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary for independent research; increased competency in the use of online research databases and other materials; enhanced capacity to formulate and write about communication issues, and to analyse and evaluate arguments. Third-year students will be expected to show a deeper theoretical grasp of the role of communication in mediating creative action.


Written work (2500 words): 45%
Exam: 40%
Attendance/participation: 15%

Chief examiner(s)

Peter Murphy

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



An approved first year sequence