This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to extend and refine individual cultural research capability, in the context of own practice and as part of the broader cultural context.  It applies to individuals in the creative industries who can research and engage with current cultural debate and with cultural history and theory. Individuals at this level engage in a self-directed independent research process.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:


Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each competency unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of project and work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - critically analyse the features of own practice and make connections with the broader cultural context; - investigate ways to extend own research capabilities and develop professional research capability in cultural history and theory; - develop and present information following industry and academic standards and conventions, and; - use effective interpersonal skills to articulate and debate complex ideas and seek feedback from others. Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - explain the aspects of the broader contemporary cultural context that relate to own practice; - list and describe possible ways to extend individual research; - explain how critical analysis can inform own positions and ideas; - explain how to develop 'substantiated ideas' on cultural topics, and; - outline academic conventions and industry standards for the presentation of information and ideas.

Where to next?

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.