INF335 Records, Archives and Society (8)

This subject provides a detailed introduction to the role of record keeping and archiving in society. It considers key concepts and theories including provenance and records continuum theory and discusses the role of records in providing accountability, evidence and memory in contemporary society.

The subject focuses on ethical and legal frameworks for record keeping and archiving and introduces students to major national and international debates in the discipline. Topics covered include definitions of key terms used to describe and explain records and archives, records as information, evidence and memory, the history of record keeping, legislation, standards, ethics, the role of records and archives in government and business and archives and power.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF335. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Information Studies

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed INF306, INF309 or INF527.

Subject Relationships

INF527 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects

INF306, INF309, INF527

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of a coherent body of knowledge surrounding key archival principles and theories;
  • be able to demonstrate understanding and apply critically knowledge of the concepts of authenticity, reliability and integrity of records;
  • be able to demonstrate critical thinking and judgment in understand the ethical and legal environment for record keeping and archiving;
  • be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of key national and international record keeping policies and standards; and
  • to be able to demonstrate a broad knowledge of historical and contemporary national and international debates in records and archives.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • What are records and archives?
  • Key terms and principles
  • Records continuum, records life cycle and series system theories
  • History of record keeping
  • The legislative environment
  • Ethics
  • Record keeping standards
  • Record keeping, archives, government and business today
  • Record keeping, archives and people today
  • Current debates in records and archives
  • Archives and power
  • The future


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.