Course Title: Critical Readings in Policy, Practice and Social Innovation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Critical Readings in Policy, Practice and Social Innovation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Kimberley Humphery

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8257

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 08.10.12

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed knowledge and capabilities consistent with graduate of Bachelors program in related Social Sciences.

Course Description

In this course you will be engaged with key concepts and theorists that underpin research in the Social Sciences. Readings will be used to identify dominant research themes in the Social Science and to consider their broader societal relevance. Through these readings you will gain deeper understandings of these concepts and will learn to apply them to your own research.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Learning outcomes

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

  • identify and critique various theories as they apply to social sciences;
  • appraise the efficacy of theories used to address key issues in social science contexts;
  • synthesise an advanced level of knowledge of social sciences and apply it/them to real world issues;

communicate effectively the options for application of theories to identified issues.


Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • apply creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and analysing social issues in diverse contexts;
  • critique the value of information and knowledge from a wide variety of sources and experiences and reflect on and evaluate their application in social science research;
  • communicate professional ideas using diverse formats and strategies to academic and professional audiences within and external to social science disciplines;
  • critically examine dominant literature and theoretical knowledge in social science fields to undertake innovative policy analysis and assess risk in various social science contexts.

Overview of Learning Activities

As part of your learning activities you will read intensively in preparation for active participation in weekly seminars. This will include independent background research to help contextualise new concepts. You will deepen your ability to sustain a considered conceptual argument through a variety of class activities and assessments. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

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 will include

  • Assessment 1: Brief, analytical overview of a key contemporary theoretical debate or concept or a brief analytical overview of the work of a key contemporary theorist. (50%)
  • Assessment 2 Draft 'theory' chapter, draft 'literature review' chapter, or draft short article (depending on the stage of your enrolment in Thesis Part A or B). (50%) 

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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:

If you are enrolled in this course as part of an Honours level Program, the final outcome of your assessments will contribute to the Weighted Assessment Mean (WAM), which is used to calculate the classification of your Honours Degree. Please see the WAM student information page for more information on the WAM and how it is calculated.