• Class Number 4320
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Maya Haviland
    • Dr Anni Doyle Wawrzynczak
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

Drawing on models of collaborative ethnography and arts this course introduces students to storytelling as a collaborative method of cultural research as it applies to fields such as museum practice, anthropology, art and design. The course will use experiential project-based learning to guide students through a cycle of collaborative cultural research and production of a product for public display or dissemination. Beginning with a grounding in the influences and practices shaping ‘the collaborative turn’ across a broad range of disciplines, the course will support students to identify and design collaborative research and production processes, identify and address ethical issues and processes of feedback with collaborators, and complete and reflect upon a cycle of collaborative production of a cultural research product.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. identify and articulate a viable, collaborative cultural research project;
  2. synthesise and critically reflect upon factors impacting on collaborative practices in relevant discipline areas;
  3. describe and critically reflect upon the project's social, cultural and ethical dimensions;
  4. apply collaborative methodologies to data collection and production of research outputs; and
  5. realise, document and present a collaborative cultural research project.

Additional Course Costs

To complete the assignments in this course you will need access to an audio recorder and camera. A smartphone should be adequate and we will discuss equipment options in class. You will also need access to a computer with word processing software and internet access. If you choose to undertake a creative work that utilises visual design, video or sound you will need access to appropriate editing and layout software. Technical support for using such software will not necessarily be provided as part of the course. 

You will also be expected to conduct an interview with an artist during this course and logistics and travel for this will need to be covered at your own expense. 

Required Resources

Compulsory Course Text

Haviland, Maya. Side by Side? Community Art and the Challenge of Co-Creativity.  London: Routledge, 2017.

This text can be purchased in paperback or as an e-book via Routledge or other booksellers. The ANU Coop bookshop has a number of copies available for students to purchase in this course. PLEASE NOTE – PDF’s of Chapters from this book set as compulsory reading will not be provided on the Wattle site.

Session by Session readings will be posted on the Wattle site and are listed below. 

Recommended Resources

Below is a list of books and resources that are good supplements to the compulsory texts and readings set in this course. 

Lassiter, Luke Eric. The Chicago Guide to Collaborative Ethnography.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Collaborative Anthropologies Journal 

Collaborative Anthropologies is a forum for dialogue with a special focus on the complex collaborations between and among researchers and research participants. It features essays that are descriptive as well as analytical, from all subfields of anthropology and closely related disciplines, and that present a diversity of perspectives on collaborative research. Published by: University of Nebraska Press. The ANU subscribes to this via e-journals and it can be found via the ANU Library e-resources catalogue. 

Simon, Nina. The Participatory Museum.  Santa Cruz: Museum 2.0, 2010.


FIELD: A Journal of Socially-Engaged Art Criticism


For those of you interested in socially engaged and collaborative art you may find this journal of interest. Some of the theoretical articles (esp editorials) are applicable to socially engaged and collaborative practices in fields beyond art. 

PLEASE NOTE: Additional websites, blogs and online media links will be provided on the course Wattle site before and during the course. 

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

·       Verbal feedback to whole class

·       Verbal comments to individuals 

·       Workshop discussions, whole class, small groups and one on one

  • ·       Written comments on specific assignments

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Wednesday 24th February 2021 (Wk 1 S1). 9.30 – 12.30pm Workshop - Refining your story and project · Form and audiences · Best use of your time/skills · Interviewing techniques review and discussion of potential interview subjects · Gathering and working with images and design Ethics Variation and Project Proposal Due Monday 22nd Feb 2021 by Midnight
2 Wednesday 3rd March 2021 (Wk 2 S1). 9.30 – 12.30pm Workshop - Returning Interviews · Potential impacts of your work and planning for difficult issues · Editing as translation Strategies for editing
3 Wednesday 10th March 2021 (WK 3 S1). 9.30 - 12.30pm Workshop - Design and Communication · Reflection on the process of returning interviews · Revising and refining your material and design · Planning for public presentation Relationships with stakeholders and collaborators, who will we invite? Edited Interview Due Monday 8th March 2021 by Midnight
4 Wednesday 17th March 2021 (WK 4 S1). 9.30 - 12.30pm Workshop - Peer review and preparation for presentation Individual feedback sessions
5 Wednesday 24th March 2021 (Wk 5 S1). 9.30 – 12.30pm Public Presentation and Launch Group reflection Creative Presentation and display of Research Project Due Wednesday 24th March (in Class) Project documentation and critical reflection journal due Monday 29th March 2021 by Midnight

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Project Proposal and Ethics Variation - Due Monday 22nd Feb by Midnight Word limit: 800 words approx. Value 10% 10 % 22/02/2021 01/03/2021 LO1, LO2 & LO3
Assessment Task 2: Edited Interview Draft DUE: Monday 8th March 2021 by Midnight Word limit: 1500 words approx. Value: 20% 20 % 10/03/2021 15/03/2021 LO 4&5
Assessment Task 3: Project documentation and critical reflection journal DUE: Monday 29th March 2021 by Midnight Word limit: 1000 words approx. Value: 20% 20 % 29/03/2021 09/04/2021 LO 2, 3, 4 & 5
Assessment Task 4: Creative Presentation and display of Research Project DUE: Wednesday 24th March 2021 – In Class Word limit: 2500 words approx. Value: 50% 50 % 24/03/2021 16/04/2021 LO 1, 4 & 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Students are expected to attend all intensive days and workshops


There are no exams for this course, however please note that students must attempt ALL assessments to pass this course. 

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 22/02/2021
Return of Assessment: 01/03/2021
Learning Outcomes: LO1, LO2 & LO3

Project Proposal and Ethics Variation - Due Monday 22nd Feb by Midnight Word limit: 800 words approx. Value 10%

This task includes 3 parts:

a)    A summary of your proposed research project and its form of presentation

b)    A revised research information sheet

c)    A revised consent form

a.     A summary of your proposed research project and its form of presentation

Students are to write one or two paragraphs in which they identify the proposed focus of their collaborative research project including:

·       Who you intend to interview and why?

·       What format do you intend to present your research project in (ie a written piece with photographs and/or images, a poster)

·       Indicative research questions you intend to use for interview, as discussed in class

·       Any logistics that may pose challenges to your intended project and/or course timelines

b.    A revised research information sheet

You need to rewrite a research information sheet (template to be provided in class or via wattle by course lecturer) for your use when conducting interviews for your research. In this information sheet you will need to provide a range of information as specified by the Human Research Ethics Protocol of the ANU. See https://services.anu.edu.au/research-support/ethics-integrity/information-sheets-consent-forms.

Information you will need to revise includes a summary of what is expected of interviewees; any potential risks they may encounter; how you will or will not identify them; who they can contact if they have issues with the research process or outcome; potential topics you will ask them about, and other topics outlined in class and/or by the HREC protocols. This revised information sheet should be submitted via wattle as an editable document

Estimated return date: Monday 3rd March 2021

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 10/03/2021
Return of Assessment: 15/03/2021
Learning Outcomes: LO 4&5

Assessment Task 2: Edited Interview Draft DUE: Monday 8th March 2021 by Midnight Word limit: 1500 words approx. Value: 20%

You will need to conduct an interview with your selected artist and use material from this interview in your creative research project. This assignment requires you to conduct and record the interview, transcribe the recording and then edit the transcription into a form you can return for verification and comment to the person you interviewed. Details of this process will be discussed in class, and you will be shown examples. 

Your draft edited transcript should be formatted to show your voice as interviewer and the voice of your interviewee. It would include information of the date, time and location of the interview. You can include a short introduction about why you did this interview if you want. 

Assessment Criteria: 

This task will be assessed according to the following criteria:

Interview Focus

·       Evidence of well -planned questions and use of follow up questions

·       Interview subject and topic contributes to research knowledge / story


·       The flow of the edited draft helps to tell a compelling or entertaining story

·       Interview has been edited to focus story and also retain the voice and style of the interviewee

·       Length of edited interview is appropriate to story being told

Style & Format

·       Format of edited interview clearly shows who is speaking

·       ‘Voice’ and style of speaking is retained in the written version

·       Format and style allows for ease of reading 

·       Spelling and punctuation is correct

Presentation requirements: Edited interview to be submitted as an editable word document via Turnitin. 

Estimated return date: Monday 15th March 2021

Hurdle Assessment requirements: Students must attempt all assessments in this course to pass

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 29/03/2021
Return of Assessment: 09/04/2021
Learning Outcomes: LO 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Project documentation and critical reflection journal DUE: Monday 29th March 2021 by Midnight Word limit: 1000 words approx. Value: 20%

Details of task: Throughout the course you will need to document your creative and collaborative research process and critically reflect on what you learn through doing this course. These critical reflections are the place for you to think about what you are learning through your practice and your engagement with the class. I recommend that you make a journal or creative diary entry at least after every class, as well as at the different stages of planning, interviewing and returning interviews, and working on the production of the final presentation. Also make sure that you document the emerging design of your overall creative research project, such as planning sketches, documentary photographs you take along the way, technical and creative decisions you take that shape the resulting project. 

Gather these documentary reflections and materials throughout the course. You will then need to edit and collate your critical reflections, learning insights and creative process into a single document that highlights the key elements you feel demonstrate your learning journey and submit it online. 

Presentation requirements: Final submission of journal and project documentation should be submitted as a single document (word, PDF or similar) unless discussed with course convener in advance. 

Estimated return date: Friday 9th April 2021

Hurdle Assessment requirements: Students must attempt all assessments in this course to pass

Assessment Task 4

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 24/03/2021
Return of Assessment: 16/04/2021
Learning Outcomes: LO 1, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 4: Creative Presentation and display of Research Project DUE: Wednesday 24th March 2021 – In Class Word limit: 2500 words approx. Value: 50%

The major assignment for this course is the creation of a creative research project drawing on your own collaborative ethnographic work with an artist you have selected to interview. The parameters of questions you will be exploring with artists include: 1) The burning contemporary questions that drive their practice; 2) the influence of Canberra on their work (built environment, natural environment, community); 3) what they dream, imagine or know Brasilia to be; how they imagine collaborating with an artist where there is little or no shared language; 4) how you, the student, are affected by language and translation of ideas where you may also be working in a second language. The form that this assignment takes is flexible. You could make a written piece that could be presented by yourself or in a small booklet with other students, a digital story, or a small exhibition display. You will see a range of examples during the first days of the course. The form of your project must be negotiated with Anni by the end of the first workshop on Friday Feb 28th 2020. In considering the form that you choose you should think about your own technical skills and resources to create this product (ie, can you edit sound? Do you have the equipment? Can you use graphic design tools?) and also the audience you would like to reach with this work. These considerations will be discussed further in class. 

Your creative research project must include material gathered via an interview with the artist you are researching, as well as your own experiences. Your research product should include visual material in the form of photographs, illustrations, maps, drawings etc. and/or audio.  Earlier assignments and activities in class will help you with these elements. 

Presentation requirements:  Final Creative Research project is to be presented in class on Friday March 27th. A hardcopy or digital version that is readable off-line is to be presented to the course lecturer following presentation on Tuesday March 20th 2018 to assist in assessment. 

Estimated return date: Friday 16th April 2021

Hurdle Assessment requirements: Students must attempt all assessments in this course to pass

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Hard Copy Submission: Assignment 4. Creative Presentation and display of Research Project  is to be presented in class and a hard copy or digital version is to be provided to the Course Convenor in a format that is readable offline.Assignments submitted in hard copy must include the cover sheet available here. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned either with comments and grade via Turnitin, or in hardcopy in class or by arrangement with individual students. 

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students will not be permitted to resubmit assignments. 

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Maya Haviland

Research Interests

•Collaborative anthropology •Co-creative Institutions •Indigenous cultures •Visual anthropology •Community Cultural Development •Socially-engaged Art, contemporary art •Art-based collaborative ethnography •Collaborative Methodologies •Participatory Research, (PAR) •Participatory evaluation •Photography, installation •Digital Media •Collections and Archives •Curatorial methods

Dr Maya Haviland

Tuesday 13:00 14:00
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Dr Anni Doyle Wawrzynczak
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