Creativity and the Arts: Contemporary Perspectives - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Reading journal (2000 words) (40%) , Assignment 2 - Applied task (1500 words) (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,986.00
HECS 793.00
International 2,236.00

This unit was previously known as ECEX828 Creativity and the Arts: Contemporary Perspectives.

This unit focuses on the pivotal role of the arts in early childhood, particularly in the domains of music and movement, visual arts, and drama. Students are provided opportunities to enhance their capacity to use diverse resources that underpin high quality arts education. The unit provides a forum through which to critique contemporary issues in arts education, drawing on current research in early childhood and allied fields. Students will investigate current specialist pedagogies as a basis for developing personal approaches to the provision of early childhood arts education.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a critical appreciation of the expert body of knowledge focusing on the arts in early childhood.
  2. demonstrate a sound understanding of the ways in which young children use art forms to explore, create and communicate about their worlds.
  3. critically analyse and reflect on materials, processes and repertoire that underpin creative arts learning experiences in early childhood.
  4. demonstrate specialist expertise in facilitating a range of creative arts learning experiences with young children.
  • Assignment 1 — Reading journal (2000 words) (40%)
  • Assignment 2 — Applied task (1500 words) (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Critique (1500 words) (30%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • ECEX828 — Creativity and the Arts: Contemporary Perspectives

Mandatory co-requisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s); or enrol in the following unit(s) to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Unit overview What constitutes the arts in early childhood? The nature of creativity
2The arts as symbol systems
3Arts literacies, bodies of knowledge, the importance of metalanguage
4Music: musicking in early childhood, musical elements, repertoire (birth-3 yrs)
5Music: musical development, generative approaches to planning, repertoire (3-5yrs)
6Music, approaches to planning and authentic assessment, children's voices in assessment, effort actions and embodied symbols
7Drama: forms and conventions of drama, dramatic play in early childhood
8Drama: working in role: process drama
9Drama: pathways into drama: finding the pretext
10Visual Arts: ways of knowing - disrupting dichotomies, histories and tensions in visual arts, education, image(s) of the child in teaching
11Visual arts: graphic languages & symbolic meaning making
12Visual arts: questions of creativity, the role of the teacher, the environment, resources and materials, time
13Reflections and connections: integration, connection and guaranteeing integrity

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links
  • Wikis

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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