CCI500 Contexts of Communication and Creative Industries (16)

The communication and creative industries consist of diverse and dynamic fields spanning a range of contexts, disciplines and literature. This subject introduces students to the wider communication and creative industries in Australia with a view to their global context. It invites students to reflect upon important trends historical and contemporary, including social, technological, ethical, legal, cultural and practice issues. Students are provided with an introduction to applied practice and research methodologies, allowing further study up to and including their own research, industry, or creative project.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CCI500. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is only available to students studying courses at AQF levels 8-9.

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed students attempting this subject have completed an undergraduate degree or have equivalent professional experience.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to review, analyse and synthesise important trends and influences on the field of communication and creative industries;
  • be able to reflect critically on trends and influences from different stakeholders and other perspectives;
  • be able to think critically about tensions between change and status quo within their own field of practice, and make high level judgments concerning future trends or policy;
  • be able to position the communication and creative industries in Australia within a wider global context; and
  • be able to produce content relevant to an identified discipline.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • What are the communication and creative industries?
  • Make up and economic impact of communication and creative industries in Australia
  • Finding your place in these diverse fields
  • Communication and creative industries globally
  • Making sense of us: the role of storytelling in human society
  • Trends and influences: social, technological, legal, ethical
  • Creative practice today
  • Communication and creative work in non-creative industries
  • What does the future hold for communication and creative industries?

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CCI500 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Visual essay: value discourses
Report: the influence of covid-19 on innovation
Scholarly reflection: emerging themes

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.