Course Title: Global Impacts of Fashion Merchandise

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Impacts of Fashion Merchandise

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350T Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Ben Stranieri

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99259112

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 511.02.01

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course GRAP2446 Fashion Distribution and Logistics before you commence this course. 

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.
For further information refer to the RMIT Course Requisites Policy.

Course Description

In this course you will identify the various social and environmental conditions that are impacted by the creation of a garment through to its disposal. 

Using theoretical models, decisions can be made as to the type of material, manufacturing location, methods of distribution and disposal options available to a fashion business that enhances the well being of all individuals in the garment supply chain whilst at the same time not destroying the earths ecological systems. 

The course is intended to complement the second year industry project by contrasting contemporary practices with emerging environmental/social changes in the development and merchandising of a range of garments.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

1. Identify the environmental and social issues as they relate to the fashion industry.

2. Identify the relevant social and environmental metrics that may be used at each stage of the product life cycle of a garment.

3. Critically analyse and implement strategies for a fashion business that have due consideration for social and environmental factors at each stage of the garments life cycle.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course involves face to face lectures and tutorials where you will identify, discuss, describe and analyse a range of issues that effect the way in which garments may be produced.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer including books, journal articles and online resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Fashion and Textiles students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies Fashion and Textiles Library Guides


The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Michelle Matheson (Brunswick).

Overview of Assessment



CLO Alignment course Learning outcome

Assessment Task 1 (quiz &Terminology)



Assessment Task 2






Final Examination



Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.