INF527 Records, Archives and Society (8)

This subject provides a detailed introduction to the role of records and archives management in society. It considers key concepts and theories including provenance and records continuum theory. It also discusses the role of records in day to day organisational management, and in providing accountability, evidence and memory in contemporary society.

The subject focuses on ethical and legal frameworks for records and archives management and introduces students to major national and international debates in the discipline.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF527. 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 INF335.

Subject Relationships

INF316 Common content
INF315 Common content
INF335 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects

INF306, INF309, INF335

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply and reflect critically on a body of knowledge surrounding key records and archives management principles and theories both conceptually and in professional practice, including the characteristics of record authenticity, reliability and integrity;
  • be able to generate and evaluate complex ideas and provide solutions in response to the ethical and legal environment for records and archives management;
  • be able to locate, critically synthesise and apply key local, national and international records and archives management and standards to workplace situations;
  • be able to contextualise historical and contemporary national and international debates in records and archives to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning demonstrating creativity and initiative; and
  • be able to critically monitor, review and evaluate practice to ensure application of the principles of social justice, social inclusion and equality in decision-making.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • What are records?
  • History of recordkeeping
  • Recordkeeping theories
  • Records and archives principles
  • Legislation and standards
  • Records in government and business
  • Records and people
  • Recordkeeping professionals and society
  • Ethics


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.