Cross-Cultural Assessment and Treatment

Subject CUMC90025 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 28 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


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.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject will examine a range of cultural objects, with various deterioration and preservation issues. Using participant-led discussion and teacher-led investigation, students will provide input from their particular cultural perspective as to possible best practice and effective treatment options for the longer term conservation of the object. Students will also learn to contextualise particular examples within broader knowledge-sharing principles that are central to cross-cultural conservation practices. Basic conservation treatment decision-making will be examined and this will require students to consider the complexity of intervention and the impact of cross-cultural decision making where senior knowledge may be cultural, academic or professional. Students will then undertake basic treatment of an object.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the role and value of cultural material as the basis for developing cross-cultural dialogue and understanding.
  • Become familiar with selected methods of construction of cultural material and be able to extrapolate this knowledge to other materials and practices.
  • Be able to identify problems with cultural materials and provide recommendations for care
  • Identify and discuss materials under consideration in objects presented to class.
  • Demonstrate best practice in the decision-making relevant to the treatment of cultural materials and associated heritage.
  • Articulate complex cultural issues involved in the treatment of objects and associated heritage.
  • Presentation 10 minutes - 20%
  • Practical demonstration of assessment of cultural item for treatment (team project) 20 minutes - 20%
  • Oral and visual examination - 30%
  • Workbook to be completed each day and handed in one week after completion of teaching period - hurdle requirement
  • Completed treatment of an object including relevant paperwork (1000 words) - 30%
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available in the pre-teaching period.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • Develop strong research and research production skills that reflect complex cross-cultural decision-making.
  • Ability to contextualise complex knowledge and synthesis this into rigorous documentation and effective communication.
  • Ability to understanding how value and significance are assigned within other cultures, and that is transferable to other leaning environments (including in other cultures or other education and research programs).
  • Contribute to debates about culture and its significance.
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