Course Title: Digital Technology and Globalisation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Digital Technology and Globalisation

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr. Julian Lee

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3440

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B37. L5. Rm16

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will examine the impacts of digital technology on international politics and society. A sound grasp of the contemporary world requires an informed understanding of how digital technologies have shaped the ways politics at both local and global levels plays out. You will examine how these technologies have influenced the ways in which politics is pursued and advocacy is undertaken, how financial and ideological transactions between dispersed people have been transformed, how culture has been influenced and how digital technology has facilitated the ‘compression of time and space’, which is a core feature of globalisation. In this course you will critically assess the effects and merits attributed to information communication technologies on society and develop a sophisticated understanding of its impact in areas of concern to international studies including politics, security, and social movements. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes  

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

  1. Draw on a range of literature to describe and analyse the key features of technological globalisation, and its impact on politics, security and societies
  2. Critically analyse a contemporary social or political issue in which the globalisation of digital technologies has played a key role
  3. Critically evaluate the extent to which there is a digital divide between societies 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including face to face and online lectures, workshops and individual research. 

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 program learning outcomes

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Short reflective essay, 30% CLO2 and CLO3 - 1,100 Words

Assessment Task 2: Open-book Quiz, 25% CLO1 and CLO2  

Assessment Task 3: Report, 45% CLO1, CLO2 and CLO3 - 1,900 words

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.