Course Title: Australian Society in a Global Context

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Australian Society in a Global Context

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning


Sem 1 2006


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


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 2018


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Chris Davies

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 8238

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.2.10

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to key sociological concepts through an exploration of contemporary Australian society. You will examine key features of Australian society, and consider how these are changing over time. You will explore the extent to which the institutional features of Australian society are shared in other societies, and and how contemporary Australia is influenced by the global context.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • describe key institutional features that shape modern Australian society.
  • analyse and reflect on contemporary social issues relating to your own life and the role of your discipline and globalised Australia.
  • compare and contrast Australian society’s development and current issues in relation to other nations and in the globalised world.
  • analyse key patterns of power, privilege and inequality in relation to identity and social action that characterises the way Australians live in the early twenty first century
  • analyse and critically reflect on course readings, and write in an intelligent, fluent and reflective way

In the course you will develop the following graduate capabilities:

  • critical analysis and problem solving
  • cultural and social awareness
  • global outlook and competence

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include interactive workshop activities focusing on group-based discussion and problem solving tasks. Course learning materials will be made available in a range of formats, which may include lectures, guest speakers and online media. In workshops you will also develop academic skills including analytical reading and academic writing.

In order to develop your knowledge and skills, you will be expected to participate in interactive discussions and activities and to critically engage with the weekly reading materials. The workshops offer a supportive learning environment where you will have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences, and to learn from the kinowledge and experience your peers. This peer-based learning may take place through small-group discussions, collaborative work on activities and assessments and/or peer reviewing of research, written work and/or oral presentations.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given access to a wide range of resources through a course reader or core textbook, and will also be able to access to a wide range of online learning tools and content for your course from myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. These resources may include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the graduate capabilities. Assessment will involve a range of group and individual tasks. Assessment tasks may include, but are not limited to critical analysis of a piece of academic writing, reflection on weekly readings; and an academic essay. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester by your teachers and peers in class and/or online discussions, and through individual and/or group feedback on practical exercises.

  • 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.
  • A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: