Course Title: Global Impacts of Fashion Merchandise

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Impacts of Fashion Merchandise

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350T Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019


Brunswick Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Katrina Rose

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9138

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for appointments

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will identify the various social and environmental conditions that are impacted by the creation of a garment through to its disposal. 

Using theoretical models, decisions can be made as to the type of material, manufacturing location, methods of distribution and disposal options available to a fashion business that enhances the well being of all individuals in the garment supply chain whilst at the same time not destroying the earths ecological systems. 

The course is intended to complement the second year industry project by contrasting contemporary practices with emerging environmental/social changes in the development and merchandising of a range of textiles.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

Apply and creatively adapt a body of theoretical and technical knowledge and skills in sourcing requirements to meet cultural and social needs of the target market.

Work with others in a range of roles and context, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness.

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

1.  Identify and analyse the environmental and social issues of the fashion industry in sourcing and production requirements
2.  Identify and apply the relevant social and environmental metrics used at each stage of the product life cycle of a garment
3.  Critically analyse ethical sourcing in fashion business at each stage of the garment life cycle.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course involves online recorded lectures and interactive tutorials where you will identify, discuss, describe and analyse a range of issues that affect the way in which garments may be produced.

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

The University Library has extensive resources for Fashion and Textiles students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies Fashion and Textiles Library Guides

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Michelle Matheson (Brunswick).

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment may include oral presentations, quizzes, project reports and test. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principals, regulations, policies and procedures. Please see the assessment type and weighting allocated to each assessment task for the course.

Assessment Tasks:

25%- 12 Quizzes (weekly) CLO 1


25%- Journal Summary CLO 1,2


5%- Terminology CLO 1


45%- Closed Book Test Essay CLO 1,2,3

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 Equitable Learning Services (ELS) if you would like to find out more. 

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