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Issues in Cross-Cultural Preservation (CUMC90024)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCUMC90024
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Issues in Cross-Cultural Preservation provides students with knowledge and practical skills to contribute to the preservation of cultural material in their own and other cultures, informed by strong cross-cultural understanding, engagement and respect. This knowledge also enables students to respond to broader issues of cultural significance and cultural responsibility as practiced within cultures and as required when working across cultures. Knowledge in these areas will be built through an articulated delivery, which examines the history of cultural engagement in the region, current community and professional practices that support cultural preservation, the use of technological bases to support cross-cultural engagement and cultural preservation, and the deterioration mechanisms that are of concern within different cultures. Students will obtain a strong grounding in understanding the development, technology and threats to cultural material, and will build knowledge in cultural material and heritage preservation management, occupational health and safety, identification and documentation, professional and senior knowledge relating to cultural preservation and preservation processes, and disaster risks and responses. This subject will be taught as an intensive with some material available online and the opportunity for industry placement in the student’s area of interest.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Define role and the impact of cultural preservation on the wellbeing of communities.
  • Contextualise protocols and conventions relevant to cross-cultural engagement, in particular as reflected in enquiry relating to cultural materials.
  • Reflect on community sensitivities, cultural contexts and community needs.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of conservation principles, ethics and methods across a range of cultural practices and communities.
  • Develop strong collaborative and communication skills within a multicultural and multidisciplinary team.

Generic skills

  • Develop strong research and research production skills that reflect complex cross-cultural decision-making.
  • Understand and articulate the value of cross-cultural engagement in education and community development.
  • Ability to contextualise complex knowledge and synthesise this into rigorous documentation and effective communication.
  • Ability to understanding how value and significance are assigned within other cultures that is transferable to other learning environments (including in other cultures or other education and research programs).
  • Contribute to debates about culture and its significance.

Eligibility and requirements


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in the Specialist Certificate in Cross Cultural Conservation and Heritage (SC-CCCH) . This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Presentation 10 minutes with 5 minutes questions, due day 2, (20%)
  • Team project - practical demonstration of preservation assessment and documentation (20 minutes), due day 3, (20%)
  • Oral and visual examination - 30 minutes and 10 questions - held day 5, (30%)
  • Issues paper/essay/media presentation - 1000 words or 10 minutes media presentation, or equivalent combination, to be completed one month after completion of teaching period, (30%)

Hurdle Requirement: Workbook to be completed each day, no word limit. To be completed daily and handed in one week after completion of teaching period.

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours per 12.5 credit point subject

Further information

Last updated: 3 April 2019