Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

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24 points, SCA Band 1, 0.500 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCommunications and Media Studies
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Justin O'Connor


Cultural Arts Research Project is one of the focus units offered in the Master of Cultural Arts. Students will conduct original research into an aspect of the Cultural Arts under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. In this 24-point unit, students will complete a Masters Coursework thesis (minor thesis), which may take the form of an extended essay, a critical literature review or a small-scale case study/survey based report. It is expected that the thesis will be theoretically, methodologically and technically sophisticated.


On successful completion of the Cultural Arts Research Project a student will be able to:

  1. identify, clarify and investigate a problem/topic;
  2. discuss relevant theory;
  3. locate, analyse and integrate relevant literature;
  4. gather and analyse additional data if appropriate;
  5. to apply theory to practice
  6. and present a coherent and well organised argument based on all of these


Proposal (3000 words): 20%
Minor thesis (15000 words): 80%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 1-hour (min.) supervisory meeting per week plus research/thesis writing


Students must have completed two core units and a specialisation sequence (or the equivalent)


MGX5440, MGX5300, MGX9220, MGX9230, MGX9270, MGX9280, MGX9420, MGX9600, MGX9660, MGX9720, MGX9761, MGX9850, MGX9940