Course Title: Cultural Policy and Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Cultural Policy and Practice

Credit Points: 24.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.  

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Kevin Brennan

Course Coordinator Phone: 0405 021 105

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 24.2.2

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

See Program guide

Course Description

The course will entail a study of cultural policy principles as practised in Australia at Federal, State and Local Government levels over the past decade and into the future. It will engage students in examining values and assumptions about art and its role in culture and society as well as cultural policy. It will also investigate how government and non-government agencies respond to these issues when implementing government policies and funding mechanisms.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyse and critique cultural policy from clearly defined perspectives
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the similarities and differences between the cultural policy principles and practices adopted by the three levels of government in Australia;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the way in which arts organisations respond to government policies
  • Apply learning to a range of international contexts and policies
  •  Argue for the desirability, where appropriate, of policy change and development in the arts & cultural industries.

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

• attain appropriate and relevant arts management knowledge, with the ability to critique, use and apply that knowledge across a range of situations, enabling effective judgements in dealing with new and emerging issues in the field
• critically evaluate and make judgements on the social, legal and international aspects of actions and decisions in arts management, with an understanding of professional expectations and ethical requirements
• communicate through practice and policy in a sustainable manner with a wide range of audiences in multidisciplinary means with an appreciation of communication as a personal and cultural practice
• engage critically in theoretical, historical, social, legal, environmental and cultural contexts with reference to the arts management industry context
• engage critically, creatively and effectively using available resources to solve arts management issues and be able to reflect on the process and outcomes

Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage in learning that involves a range of activities, both face to face and online, such as seminars, presentations by industry professionals, discussions, group work and independent research on cultural policy.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.
The University Library has extensive resources for arts management students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.
The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes.
Assessment may consist of:

Task 1: Research paper on a topic negotiated with lecturer, 4000 words, 50% weighting 

Task 2: Class presentations and written exercises, length to be negotiated, 50% weighting (in seminars throughout the semester)

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: