Course Title: Culture,Conflict & Globalisation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Culture,Conflict & Globalisation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,

Course Coordinator: Dr Elizabeth Kath

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5084

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B37. L5

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will focus on conflict and reconciliation in the context of globalisation. The course will explore the nature of conflict and reconciliation in an inter-connected world and the effects of growing cross-border flows of people, ideas, and cultural forms. 

The course is based on analysis of key theoretical approaches to globalisation, conflict and reconciliation, as well as more specific case studies from around the world. You will examine the relationship between the global and the local in generating and responding to difference and conflict in a highly inter-dependent world. Investigation of these issues will facilitate discussion of some potential ways in which individuals and organisations may contribute to the conditions of social peace, reconciliation and cohesion at local and global levels in the twenty first century.  

If you are enrolled in this course as a component of your Bachelor Honours Program, your overall mark will contribute to the calculation of the weighted average mark (WAM).  

See the WAM information web page for more information. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development



Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Evaluate key aspects of globalisation, conflict and reconciliation in contemporary politics and society
  2. Apply theoretical knowledge to critically analyse the impact of globalisation on conflict and reconciliation, and vice versa, from multiple perspectives by exploring the conditions, forces and characteristics of structural changes occurring as a result of the intensification of political, cultural and economic transactions across the world.
  3. Critically and creatively reflect on the ways in which reconciliation approaches can inform everyday practice to build resources for social peace and cohesion.  

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include interactive seminars focusing on case studies and the course learning materials. Course learning materials will be made available in a range of formats, which may include readings, lectures, guest speakers and online media. In the seminars and online you will be expected to participate in interactive discussions and activities and to critically engage with the weekly reading materials and case studies. 

Overview of Learning Resources

A range of learning resources will be provided, which may include journal articles, book chapters, films, and news items. 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 may include contributions to class and/or online discussions, reading analysis and short summaries of readings, scenario presentations, a written essay, and a take-home exam of short essay questions. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Essay (1,600 words), 40% CLO1 and CLO2  

Assessment Task 2: Class Participation, 20%, CLO1, CLO2, and CLO3 

Assessment Task 3 Creative Problem-solving Task (1,600 words), 40% CLO1,CLO2 and 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.