Course Title: Ethical and Sustainable Practices for Fashion and Textiles

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Ethical and Sustainable Practices for Fashion and Textiles

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Kate Kennedy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99259257

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Brunswick

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment only

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge:
Knowledge of materials, processes and fashion and textiles products. An understanding of key processes involved in the design and manufacture of fashion and textile products. 

Course Description

This course provides you with the knowledge and skills to analyse, synthesise and reflect on the ethical status and environmental impact of the global apparel industry and the fashion system. Through research into the underlying political economy that drives the global, production, consumption and disposal of fashion and textiles product, you will collaboratively plan and propose strategies for innovation in ethical and sustainable fashion.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

PLO 1: Research and creatively solve problems independently, demonstrating expert judgement and ethical responsibility relating to your professional practice within the business of fashion and textiles.

PLO 2: Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on complex theories and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge existing knowledge and practice in fashion entrepreneurship.

PLO 4: Provide strategic leadership to responsibly collaborate, plan and implement new directions within the fashion and textiles industry.

PLO 7: Investigate emergent global issues and adapt strategic responses that influence the fashion and textiles industry.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

CLO 1: Critically analyse and reflect on theories and new developments in ethical sustainability and development for the apparel industry and the fashion system.

CLO 2: Research the environmental impact of current global production of apparel to challenge existing knowledge and practice in textile and apparel production.

CLO 3: Synthesise theories and recent global developments for ethical and sustainable fashion and textile enterprise.

CLO 4: Provide strategic leadership to responsibly collaborate and plan new directions for the production of apparel within an ethical and sustainable framework.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course consists of lectures and group tutorials. Lectures will introduce key concepts and theories. Tutorials are used to gain practical experience applying the key principles.

As part of the course program you will be engaged in workshops, interactive class activities, group discussions, class presentations and a range of guest speakers.

Your scholarship will focus on specific fashion industry research topics derived from fashion industry, community organisations and or global fashion research in sustainability.

Reviewing current literature will enable completion of set tasks. Resources and online materials will be included to facilitate learning.


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.

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 also provides guides on academic referencing and assistance is available via phone, chat and email.

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 as demonstrated in a range of assessment tasks. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. Assessment tasks are directly aligned with each Course Learning Outcome. They are as follows:

Assessment 1: Common Ground Participation and Engagement (10%) CLO: 1

Assessment 2: Research Project Proposal Pitch_Think Globally - Act Locally (20%) CLO: 2, 4

Assessment 3: Closing the Loop (45%) CLOs: 1, 3

Assessment 4: Project Presentation_Think Globally - Act Locally (25%) CLO 2, 4

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.