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Knowledge, Learning and Culture (EDUC20065)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeEDUC20065
Semester 1
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This subject will explore the significance of culture and context in the development and transmission of knowledge and in approaches to learning. Topics will include a consideration of historical, social, political and cultural influences on knowledge and the analysis of information and ideas from multiple perspectives. Tutorials will be conducted in a broad range of cultural collections on the University of Melbourne Parkville campus. These collections will include art works, scientific specimens and objects, archaeological and historical artifacts, maps, rare books and prints. The focus of learning will be through the experience of direct engagement with objects and a consideration of the knowledge they embody and convey in different contexts.

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of this subject is to facilitate an understanding of

  • how knowledge, understanding and learning are influenced by a range of factors; and
  • how direct experience can lead to enhanced understanding and knowledge.

Generic skills

This subject will lead students to understand the processes involved in knowledge enhancement and transfer. Topics will include: the notion of creativity and innovation; the evaluation and critical analysis of ideas; the influence of sociological, historical and cultural influences on knowledge enhancement and creativity; novice versus expert representations of a topic; knowledge transfer and creativity. Students will be encouraged throughout to develop this understanding in the context of their tertiary learning and to understand themselves as knowledge enhancers.

Last updated: 10 August 2019