Course Title: Fashion Sustainability

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Sustainability

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


RMIT University Vietnam


350H Fashion & Textiles


Viet1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Tarun Panwar

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9223

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B511 F01 R001

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of BUSM4789 Introduction to Fashion Enterprise

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. 

Course Description

This course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required to manage and govern sustainable fashion practices. You will learn how the linear fashion economy impacts social, environmental and economic systems; and about solutions that minimise the damaging impact of materials. You will examine ethics and corporate responsibility to consider how the role of government, media and business help shape sustainable business models through the development of policy, reporting and compliance.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

PLO1: Critically review, analyse and evaluate theory and industry knowledge relevant for fashion enterprise in the global fashion business environment.

PLO3: Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation to identify and solve problems in diverse contexts within the field of fashion enterprise.

PLO5: Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness through ethical and reflective practice.

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

CLO 1: Investigate, analyse and apply fashion sustainability principles within a fashion and textile enterprise context.

CLO 2: Investigate, audit and evaluate the sustainability of a fashion supply chain.

CLO 3: Compare and contrast international compliance and governance issues in fashion sustainability. 

CLO 4: Analyse and evaluate sustainable reporting systems and procedures to develop an innovative integrated sustainability plan. 


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be facilitated via a range of in-class and online activities that will require both individual and collaborative engagement. Class activities promote your ability to enquire, investigate, analyse and solve fashion business problems. 

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.

RMIT Library provides extensive resources for fashion and textiles students. 

Search the library and consult the Fashion and Textiles Subject Guides for more information. 

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. 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Assessment tasks are directly aligned with each Course Learning Outcome.  They are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: Case Study Analysis (50%)
CLOs: 1 & 2 

Assessment Task 3: Sustainability Reporting Plan (50%)
CLOs: 3 & 4

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to various 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.