|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 2|
|Fees||Subject 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.
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
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
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 coordinator Amanda Burritt Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 36 hours, 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of tutorials located in cultural collections on the Parkville campus Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
Semester 1 contact information
Time commitment details
Readings will be provided throughout the semester.
- Related Handbook entries
- Breadth options
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.