MUSIC 2016A - Studies in Community and Culture II Pt 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

Students undertake a negotiated project approved by the course lecturer and Academic Coordinator. Projects will focus on issues of the arts and society and will include direct engagement with the community. Continuous project development with assistance from the course lecturer as required, including written and verbal reporting will form the core of the course. This course also requires participation in the field studies to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSIC 2016A
    Course Studies in Community and Culture II Pt 1
    Coordinating Unit Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Up to 1.5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites MUSIC 1007 A/B
    Restrictions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students only
    Course Description Students undertake a negotiated project approved by the course lecturer and Academic Coordinator. Projects will focus on issues of the arts and society and will include direct engagement with the community. Continuous project development with assistance from the course lecturer as required, including written and verbal reporting will form the core of the course. This course also requires participation in the field studies to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Ashley Turner

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    1. Well integrated knowledge and understanding of the social roles of the arts, and of historical and contemporary issues, in a selected range of cultural settings, especially in relation to Indigenous Australian music and music-making.

    2. Working knowledge and understanding of Community Cultural Development (policies, principles and practices), and other areas and modes of potential professional engagement with the community and the music industry.

    3. Capacity to conceptualise, initiate and develop a CCD or other community or industry-related project, and to prepare formal documents and presentations for the purposes of promoting the project.

    4. Capacity to develop and implement an appropriately-styled and resourced presentation of the project (ie. working demonstration, Powerpoint presentation, workshop, poster session, etc.)

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1 - 4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1, 4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3, 4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1 - 4
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Abad, V. & Williams, K. 2005 'Reflections on music therapy with Indigenous families: cultural learning put into practice', Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 2005, Vol.16(2005), p.60-9

    Sonn, C. & Quayle, A. 2013, 'Developing praxis: Mobilising critical race theory in community cultural development'. [online]. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, September 2013, Vol.23(5), pp.435-448

    Stafford, E. 2006 'All shook-up: cultural recovery and community wellbeing'. [online]. Artwork Magazine, No. 64, June 2006: 6-9

    Stige, B. 2002, 'The Relentless Roots of Community Music Therapy' [online], Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 2002, Vol.2(3)

    Stige, B., Ansdell, G., Elefant, C.  & Pavlicevic, M. 2013 Where Music Helps Community Music Therapy in Action and Reflection, Farnham : Ashgate Publishing Ltd

    Other resources according to individual projects.
    Recommended Resources
    According to individual projects
    Online Learning
    Course outlines, assignments, reading materials, web links as well as staff-student communications and course progress feedback are provided through MyUni
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course consists of weekly interactive, seminar-style classes for the learning of requisite disciplinary knowledge and skills, and the individualised mentoring of project development. Teaching and learning modes are responsive to learning preferences and requirements of individual students and according to chosen projects which may require fieldwork, direct engagement and collaboration with community organisations and external individuals

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    In addition to attending the timetabled seminars, students are expected to undertake private study for an average of at least four hours per week consisting of assignment work, project development, and continuous revision
    including revision for tests and examinations.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Introduction to Community Arts & Cultural Development

    Principles, Policies & Practices

    Action research principles & practices

    CCD Project evaluation practices

    Case studies (Indigenous Australia & International)

    Project development - from concept to proposal to practice

    Reports, Presentations & Evaluations

    Specific Course Requirements
    Application of learning

    It is expected that students will make every effort to apply learned knowledge and skills in this course to all aspects of their program of studies at CASM.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    This course provides students with Small Group Discovery Experiences through individual and team-based activities (2 - 4 persons) involving inquiry-based learning, action research based investigation, discussion, problem-solving, and presentations. As a part of each class, students will receive mentoring and guidance in the development of their chosen project.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Continuous assessment                      10%

    Project portfolio & journal                    30%
    Date due: Final teaching session

    Project proposal                                   20%
    Date due:  To be advised - see MyUni

    Verbal report                                        20%
    Date due:  To be advised - see MyUni

    Project evaluation report                      20%
    Date due: Final teaching session
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are required to attend 100% classes in this course, and to participate fully in all tasks and activities offered in the classes. It
    is a formal requirement to attend a minimum of 70% of all classes in this course to achieve a Pass or above grade. It is expected that
    students will satisfactorily complete all in-class tasks and activities as scheduled, and submit all formal assignment work by the due date.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    All assessable work in this course should be submitted in person to the course lecturer. The only exception to this is where the
    assessment task specifies electronic return. All assessment tasks must be submitted by the due date.


    For details about University policy regarding additional and replacement assessment provisions, please see: and

    Please also refer to the CASM Foundation Year Academic Handbook for further details on Discretionary Pass Categories and Additional and Replacement Assessment provisions.

    Assessment Task Extension Provisions

    Each assessment task must be submitted by the due date. Where a student is unable to complete an assignment by the due date,
    and wishes to apply for an extension to the due date, they are required to complete the CASM Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Form A - Application for Assessment Task Extension, and submit the form to the course lecturer concerned within 5 business days before the due date, or within 5 business days of the extenuating conditions arising. The form must then be signed by the CASM Head of Programs.

    Extensions for submission of assessment tasks will only be granted where there are exceptional circumstances (Medical OR Compassionate OR Extenuating Circumstances) that have prevented the student from completing the assignment by the
    due date (eg. Approved Leave). Official written evidence or support from a professional qualified to assess the student is required. Extensions will not normally be granted for periods beyond 10 working days, or the last day on which teaching may occur in the relevant teaching period, whichever is earlier.

    Replacement Examination

    A replacement examination will be available to eligible students whose capacity to demonstrate their true level of competence in a final examination was, is or will be seriously impaired because of medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances. Requests for replacement examinations on Medical and/or Compassionate and/or Extenuating Circumstances grounds must be made by completing the relevant CASM Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Form with supporting documentation, and submitting this to the CASM Head of Programs within 5 business days of the communication of final results.

    Final Mark Additional Assessment

    Additional or replacement assessment on Academic Grounds is automatically available to students who have achieved a final mark of 45-49%. Permission for additional assessment is normally only granted for students who have met the attendance requirements of the course and who have completed (not necessarily passed) the required assessment tasks throughout the teaching year. Please note under these provisions the final assessment task will be weighed at more than 20% of the total
    course assessment.

    Requests for additional replacement assessment on Medical and/or Compassionate and/or Extenuating Circumstances grounds must be made by completing CASM Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Form D, with supporting documentation, and submitting this to the CASM Head of Programs within 5 business days of the communication of final results.

    Exceptions: In certain circumstances, the CASM Examiners’ Committee, in consultation with the Course Coordinator, may grant modified arrangements where a student’s underlying mark is below 45% (ie. Completion of Program Offer - CASM Bridging Program).

    Please note: The maximum mark/grade for a course for which an Additional Assessment is granted is 50 Pass or Non-Graded Pass in accord with the University’s approved Mark and Grade Schemes

    For specific rules relating to these and other requirements, and for further details regarding attendance and assessment requirements, and additional assessment requirements and provisions, please see the CASM Foundation Year Academic Handbook.


    Resubmission of Assessment Tasks: Assessment tasks in this course are both formative and summative. Students who submit an assignment task and receive a fail mark should undertake to resubmit the assignment to improve their mark. Resubmission of work should take place within two weeks of notification of failing the assignment. Requests for resubmission of assignments must be made to the course lecturer concerned and must be made within one week of notification of receipt ofthe fail mark. As a general rule, a maximum of two resubmissions are permitted for each individual component.


    All submitted assignment tasks must be accompanied by a completed and signed CASM Assignment Plagiarism Statement. This a legal requirement. Copies of the blue CASM Assignment Cover Sheet & Plagiarism Statement are available to students in Room 603, and are also available from the CASM Office upon request.


    All submitted assessable written assignment work in this course must be word-processed unless otherwise instructed. Students who may have a difficulty in meeting this requirement should speak with the course lecturer.


    Penalties for late submission without approved extension, will apply at the rate of 5% (deducted from the overall final mark for the
    individual assessment task per day), up to a maximum of 20% - ie. 4 days and over. Please note that this can result in a Fail Grade for the particular component.


    Students are reminded to keep their own copy of all submitted work for their personal records.

    Students receive regular feedback on their academic progress in this course, including in relation to meeting the attendance requirements and in relation to each assessed task. In addition to the feedback on each individual assessed task, students also receive a comprehensive mid-year written Progress Report outlining their progress to date. Students may make an appointment to meet with the course lecturer to discuss their individual progress. Turn-around time on return of assessments will be a maximum of four weeks.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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