Course Title: Global Processes

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Processes

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


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,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Julian Lee

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3440

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is designed to introduce you to the field of international studies, and its core themes of globalisation, international and transnational relations, cultural and linguistic diversity, and the forms of social transformation arising at the intersection of these forces.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • outline basic profile details about selected nation states, and compare and contrast national social and economic indicators of these selected nation states
  • recognise global processes and identify their impacts at local levels and describe theories of globalization, outlining their different origins and perspectives
  • analyse local and regional situations in a global context
  • analyse local and global issues, and begin to develop new directions and solutions in the context of globalisation
  • constructively identify international and cross-cultural issues requiring research and to identify areas for future possible project work in localised settings in the international and cross-cultural area

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

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of international relations, global cultures, language and economic issues to your professional practice or further study
  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on knowledge about a rapidly changing world derived from multiple sources, perspectives and values systems
  • Communicate effectively in international and cross-cultural contexts, and facilitate collaborative partnerships within diverse communities of practice, using appropriate formats, media and styles
  • Assist in the identification of needs, the design, planning, resourcing and implementation of research and development projects in international and cross-cultural settings

Overview of Learning Activities

A range of learning experiences are planned for this course, including weekly lectures and tutorial activities, accompanied by regular self-directed study and some off-campus activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access to a wide range of library resources and online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT.

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 oral presentations, short assignments, and an extended essay. 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: