Course Title: Global Mobility and Ethnic Relations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Mobility and Ethnic Relations

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


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 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Glenda Mejia

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3732

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.15

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course aims to introduce students to multidisciplinary approaches to study historical and current migration/mobility challenges across diverse human populations through socio-economic, political, decolonial and cultural lenses. 

This course explores and critically engages in constructive dialogues of why some people leave their home countries, how they experience migration/mobility and adaptation to their host countries, and the economic, social, and cultural effects migration has in sending and receiving countries.  

In this course we will un/re-learn ideas/terms/concepts of inter-ethnic relations, class, race, gender, identity, place-making, culture, belonging, discrimination, integration, notions of citizenship, and diasporic communities in Australian or other countries, and how migrants and non-migrants interact and are affected by these processes. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on knowledge about a rapidly changing world derived from multiple sources, perspectives and values systems.  
  • Reflect on the experience of personal and professional practice in international and cross- cultural settings and to act in professional settings responsibly, ethically and with integrity

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply and adapt concepts, different knowledges, and principles of human movements and inter-ethnic relations to local contexts
  2. Critically assess the reasons for human movements and for problems in inter-ethnic relations and to evaluate policies and programs for such issues from different knowledges perspectives
  3. Reflect on situations concerning human movements and inter-ethnic interaction and to act responsibly and ethically when such situations are problematical
  4. Develop strategic responses to problematic human movements and inter-ethnic tensions

Overview of Learning Activities

Weekly lectures and tutorial activities. Course learning materials, including required and further readings, and other material, will be made available online.

Discussions/Dialogues will include reflexive analyses on local and global responses to immigration intakes and inclusivity (e.g., indigenous, settlers, refugees, asylum seekers, among others)


Overview of Learning Resources

Required readings will be listed via Canvas. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 (24%) Self-Reflection (CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4)    Assessment 2 (12%) Digital Reflection (CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4)   Assessment 3 (20%) Presentation (CLO 1, CLA 2, CLO3, CLO3, CLO4)    Assessment 4 (44%) Creative Self-Critical Project  (CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4)

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