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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
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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.

Eligibility and requirements





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


Additional details

There are two assessment tasks:

  • A 2,000-word assignment in which students will select objects they have seen in cultural collections and (i) identify the cultural and contextual influences on their interpretation and (ii) identify alternative interpretations of the knowledge the objects embody, drawing on other perspectives and sources. Due mid-semester (50 per cent);
  • A 2,000-word assignment in which students will select cultural collections they are studying and identify how interpretation and learning are influenced by particular factors such as socio-cultural context, purpose and organization of material. Due in the examination period (50 per cent).

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorAmanda Burritt
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours, 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of tutorials located in cultural collections on the Parkville campus
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019