Content in the Field

Subject CUMC90023 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 40 hours - 5 x 8 hour seminars
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Robert Lane


Subject Overview:

This field based subject critically frames cross-cultural work currently taking place in the culture and heritage sector, and practically teaches students how to generate cultural conservation content accordingly, from community consultation, translation strategies, intellectual property protocols, working in partnership with all stakeholders and within a multidisciplinary team, to the technical needs of on-site documentation.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Develop an appreciation of cultural diversity, community sensitivities and a changing new media paradigms that exist within the cultural heritage and conservation sectors;
  • Demonstrate a cross disciplinary understanding, to the resolution of project management issues in the field;
  • Contextualise protocols and conventions relevant to fieldwork;
  • Act as informed advocates for ethical community conservation projects, actively engaging in critical policy issues and applying ethical frameworks;
  • Build processes and skills required for documenting cultural conservation in a range of forms;
  • Apply critical analysis to conservation projects using a social and cultural impact framework;
  • Identify the changing social contexts of cultural production in community;
  • Collaborate in the field within a multidisciplinary team; and
  • Troubleshoot video, audio and lighting equipment.
  • A 500 word protocols document due during the teaching period (10%)
  • A 2500 word multimedia report due during the assessment period (50%)
  • A 2000 word essay due during the assessment period (40%)

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 100% of seminars in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

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

Recommended Texts:

Additional texts may be recommended.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Cultural Material Conservation
150 Point Master of Cultural Material Conservation
200 Point Master of Cultural Material Conservation
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) - Cultural Materials Conservation
PC-ARTS Cultural Materials Conservation

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