EDUC 737 : Special Topic: Arts in Communities

Education and Social Work

2023 Semester One (1233) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Community arts involve people in creative processes that have both artistic and social aims. Through practice and critical analysis students will examine arts in justice, development, health and youth settings, and specific sites such as museums. These practices will be analysed in relation to key political and aesthetic debates about the arts and social change.

Course Overview

This course focuses on participatory arts practices that have both artistic and social aims. Through creative and critical processes, you will explore the roles that the arts can play in community settings and social change. In 2023, the course will examine examples, evidence and debates related to four areas of community arts: arts in youth health & well-being, arts in criminal justice settings, arts for environmental justice and arts & disability. The course also enables you to conduct a small research project on an aspect of community-based art practice that is of particular interest or relevance to you.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate and demonstrate knowledge of key evidence and debates about arts and social change (Capability 1.1, 4.1 and 4.2)
  2. Use and apply evidence and theory to analyse and evaluate examples of participatory arts in community setting (Capability 1.2, 2.1, 3.1, 4.2 and 6.1)
  3. Independently develop and share informed research and/or research-informed practice (Capability 1.3, 2.1, 3.2, 5.1, 5.2 and 6.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Online participation 10% Individual Coursework
Creative Responses 40% Individual Coursework
Case Study 50% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3
Online participation
Creative Responses
Case Study

Students must complete all components of the Assessment Tasks to achieve an overall pass on this course. Completion to the satisfaction of the examiners: Students must achieve at least 50% for the course and hand in all assignments

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 point course and students are expected to spend 20 hours per week involved in each 30 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 1 hour of recorded online lecture material, a 1 hour tutorial, 1 hour working on an online task, 7 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 10 hours of work on assignments.

Delivery Mode


Attendance is expected at scheduled online activities including tutorials to complete & receive credit for components of the course.
The course will include live online events including group tutorials. Lectures will be pre-recorded.
Attendance on campus is not required.
Study material will be released progressively throughout the course.
This course runs to the University semester timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Feedaback in 2022 was very positive. We will be responding to students' suggestions for streamlining the assignments.

Other Information

There is an opportunity on this course to conduct a small piece of empirical research. There are specific ethics and child safeguarding processes that must be complied with, if you chose this assessment option.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.