Course Title: Contemporary Global Political Economy:Inclusive Growth,Sustainability & Technological Transformation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary Global Political Economy:Inclusive Growth,Sustainability & Technological Transformation

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


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2013


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr. Reina Ichii

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 0416

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.043

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Prior to Semester 1 2022 this course was titled 'Global Trade and Sustainable Development: Discourse, Politics and Practice'

This course explores the ways in which the contemporary global economy is shaped by a wide variety of actors, including governments, intergovernmental institutions, corporations, political movements and consumers. You will learn about the key features of the increasingly interdependent global economic system. Recognising that this complex system is beyond the control of any one set of actors, we examine the political processes through which agreements are forged by coalitions who seek to steer the system to achieve shared goals. The latter part of the course considers several contemporary case studies of efforts to enhance inclusive economic growth and to promote sustainability, particularly through mobilising technological development towards addressing these and other global challenges. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This is an Option course, which will complement the learning outcomes you are developing in your program.

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

  1. Critically evaluate the ways in which different types of actors engage with the global economic system 
  2. Identify and analyse an aspect of the global economy that key actors see as problematic and in need of reform 
  3. Compare competing proposals for reform of the global economic system, explaining the key features of the rival viewpoints and coalitions 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is offered in both online and on-campus modes. A short interactive lecture or presentation will be used to provide a context for discussion . Group discussion tackling issues and/or examining case studies/examples relevant to each topic will foster your analytical, problem solving and teamwork skills. These discussions will be guided by a series of key questions. Active and constructive participation in group discussions is expected based on weekly reading and consideration of discussion questions, as well as careful planning of assessment tasks.

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 web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

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 course learning outcomes.  

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Actor Analysis Report, 1500 words (30%), CLO1 

Assessment Task 2: Issue Analysis Report, 1500 words (30%), CLO1, CLO2  

Assessment Task 3: Reform Proposal Analysis Report, 2000 words (40%), CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 

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.