Course Title: Australian Society in a Global Context

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Australian Society in a Global Context

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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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,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Patrick O'Keeffe

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 9468

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.10.44

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will help students to understand and critically analyse Australian society and develop creative and forward-thinking responses to some of our biggest challenges. The course is separated into three parts:  

  • ‘The Good Life’,  
  • 'Case studies in Australian society: The Good Life?’, and  
  • ‘What future can we make?’  

Students will explore the concept of The Good Life and develop understanding of concepts such as quality of life and value, as well as merit, privilege, disadvantage and equality. These concepts will then be explored in relation to the experience of economic inequality, work, education and housing in Australia. Finally, the students will use this work to identify the type of society that we should aspire to become.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes  

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

  • 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. 

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities for this course involve working in small groups in class, contributing to class discussion and analysing the key ideas which are highlighted in the course. Students will learn through sharing ideas, listening to (and respecting) others’ opinions, and in doing so, working together to develop understanding of the ideas and issues highlighted in this course.   

The learning activities for this course involve online lectures, tutoriasl and weekly readings. The tutorials will focus on the lecture content and course readings and will be essential in helping students to explore the ideas covered each week. This will be achieved through discussion – in small groups and as a whole class – and through learning activities designed to encourage students to think deeply and critically about the key concepts raised in this course. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

You will be able to access to a wide range of online learning tools and content for your course from Canvas, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. These resources may include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture videos and notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, 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.  

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

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. 

The Assessments in this course include: 

Assessment 1: Critical Reflection - What is the Good Life? - 30%, 800 words, CLO 1,4 

Assessment 2: Essay – The Good Life in the Australian Context - 40%, 1500 words, CLO 2,3,4 

Assessment 3: Integrative Assignment - Making a Change - 30%, 1200 words, CLO 2,3,4 

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.