Course Title: Work in Global Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Work in Global Society

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018


Singapore Inst of Management


630H Management


Offsh1 18


RMIT University Vietnam


630H Management


Viet1 2017,
Viet2 2017,
Viet3 2017

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Darryn Snell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1426

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80, Level 9

Course Coordinator Availability: Please check with course coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course focuses on the changing nature of work in an increasingly globalised economy and the theories employed to understand work and its transformation. Work is central to our society, organisations, economy, households and personal lives. We depend on work to make a living and it can provide us with a sense of meaning.  Employers depend on workers for their knowledge and skills and to make profits. There has been a  significant transformation in the nature of work  in recent years with major implications for how business operates and how we live our lives. This courses aims  to provide you with knowledge  of key issues influencing the experience of work and the factors driving new approaches to managing the workplace and work arrangements and the implications of these approaches for workers and the nature of work. The course examines a range of perspectives and theories to explain the transformation of work. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the way in which the globalisation of economic exchange and production is reshaping the nature of work; 
  2. Describe and explain the impact of changing legal and institutional arrangements and preferences on the regulation of work and employment; 
  3. Critically examine and assess the impact of different management practices on workers and the nature of work;
  4. Develop analytical skills to identify, interpret and critical evaluate different conceptual and theoretical frameworks for understanding the transformation of work;
  5. Comprehend and apply different social science theories to understand contemporary work and employment issues;
  6. Value the ways in which employee interests and ideas can contribute to more socially responsible management practices.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 3

Assessment Task 2: 40% 
Linked CLOs: 2, 4, 5, 6

Final Examination: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6