Course Title: Critical Readings in Global Studies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Critical Readings in Global Studies

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,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Phipps

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2039

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.20

Course Coordinator Availability: Please send email to make an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge 

International Studies background. 

Course Description

This course introduces students to key theories and theorists in global studies including studies of nationalism, transnational cultural studies and globalism through the close reading of key texts in the field. The course will address such questions as the status of the nation state and national identities under the uneven conditions of globalisation. The course aims to give students an applied knowledge of these problems informed by a broader social theoretical understanding. 

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

Program Learning Outcomes  

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

  • Apply creativity, critical innovative thinking and reflective practice to identify and respond to global problems and policy imperatives in international cross cultural contexts, and assess the implications of decision making and actions 
  • Critique and discern the value of information and knowledge from a wide range of international sources and experiences, and reflect on and evaluate their application to professional practice and the field of research 
  • Apply a range of social science research methods to independently and collaboratively conduct research which constructs, tests and defends an argument, undertaking social analysis that considers theoretical historical, local and international contexts for decision making  
  • Professionally communicate national and global knowledge to academic and professional audiences, demonstrating sensitivity to culturally and linguistically diverse groups in a range of contexts 
  • Critically examine the dominant literature and theoretical knowledge in the field of international studies to undertake innovative policy analysis, assess risk and advocate effectively in international cross cultural policy contexts 

Course Learning Outcomes  

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

  1. Identify and critique a broad range of theories in Global Studies
  2. Synthesise an advanced level of knowledge of one or more of these theories to current social and political problems at a local, national or global scale
  3. Effectively communicate the options for application of theories to identified issues
  4. Appraise and apply appropriate theoretical approaches to your own research 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is an intensive reading seminar. It requires that students commit to completion of all the set readings (set aside at least six hours a week to complete the reading), and active participation in a weekly three hour seminar. 

Overview of Learning Resources

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

Assessment Task 1: Class participation 10%,  CLO 2 and 3 

Assessment task 2: Creative report 20% CLO 1 and 2 (800 words)

Assessment task 3: Argumentative Essay 45% CLO 1, 2, 3 and 4 (2,200 words)

Assessment task 4: Mock Q and A oral presentation exercise 25% CLO 3 and 4 (1,000)

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.