Course Title: Working and Managing in International Contexts

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Working and Managing in International Contexts

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

SOCU1031

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Elizabeth Kath

Course Coordinator Phone: (+61 3) 9925 3046

Course Coordinator Email: Elizabeth.kath@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.4.12B

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course is relevant for you if you are considering work placements in international and cross-cultural contexts. It considers recent and current practices in a range of different organisational contexts requiring advanced international and cross-cultural knowledge and skills (including government, corporate, media, education, interpreting and translation, international non-government organisations, private/freelance, etc.), both within Australia and abroad. You will be encouraged to locate your career aspirations with reference to trajectories of workplace change, re-examine and reaffirm the value of cultural knowledge in a globalising world.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Identify and analyse the nature of international professional work and the kinds of cultural problems and issues that commonly arise in international professional work contexts
  • Investigate work and professional contexts in other countries in preparation for offshore work-placements through the conduct of qualitative research into the experiences of international professionals from a range of occupations and organisational work settings
  • Diagnose the factors that influence the effectiveness of international and cross-cultural collaboration in a range of contexts and evaluate the ways in which organisations and individuals manage these factors
  • Investigate workplace culture and practice and develop appropriate professional responses
  • reflect upon one’s own cultural assumptions and practices, and recognise the impact that these assumptions may have on one’s future working in international contexts
  • Apply theories of globalisation, culture and professional practice to specific international organisational contexts
  • Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to effectively solve a range of problems associated with policies and programs in international and cross-cultural settings, and assess economic, cultural, social, environmental and political opportunities and risks
  • Work professionally and effectively with others in diverse cultural, linguistic and organizational contexts, and to adapt practices and knowledge to local circumstances
  • Communicate effectively in international and cross-cultural contexts, and facilitate collaborative partnerships within diverse communities of practice, using appropriate formats, media and styles
  • Reflect on the experience of personal and professional practice in international and cross-cultural settings and to act in professionalized settings responsibly, ethically and with integrity



Overview of Learning Activities

This course will consist of three major ‘strands’ of learning activities:

  • Lecture/workshops, a series of panel presentations and a research project will all provide opportunities to investigate the experience of practitioners who have, or are currently working and managing in cross-cultural settings.
  • Prescribed reading, lecture/workshops and self-directed small group discussions will provide a basis for familiarity with the main theoretical perspectives.
  • The research project will require you to work as a member of the team in pursuit of a common objective. Teams will be required to develop their own approach to the completion of the prescribed task by due dates and to presenting their findings. In addition, the course will provide opportunities to learn and apply your knowledge in a simulated internship application process.


 


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access to a wide range of online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. Assigned online readings can be accessed via the RMIT Library electronic journals.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment tasks may include written reports, reading discussions, an internship simulation, a research project and a group presentation.


Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.


If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.


Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment