Course Title: Fashion Ethics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fashion Ethics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Luise Adams

Course Coordinator Phone: Via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B513 F01 R003

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of SOCU2301 Fashion, Textiles, Place and Story.

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


Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage.

Course Description

This course introduces you to key ethical concepts and frameworks to critically examine the complex and interconnected production and consumption cycles of fashion industry, and their social and environmental impact. The course poses the question “what is the responsibility of the fashion industry to behave ethically?”


You will be introduced to a range of ethical approaches and theories to support an ethical and sustainable global fashion industry. Through a case study you will examine key ethical considerations of an issue or opportunity within the fashion industry and make recommendations to improve or address its ethical positioning.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

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

PLO2: Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on sustainable innovation in both local and international contexts. 

PLO3:  Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within the field of fashion and textiles sustainable innovation.

PLO4: Communicate using diverse formats and strategies with stakeholders within and external to your discipline.

Course Learning outcomes 

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

CLO1: Understand what fundamental ethical concepts and frameworks are.

CLO2: Critically discuss production and consumption cycles of fashion, and their social and environmental impact using ethical frameworks.

CLO3: Analyse and apply concepts to support the practice of an ethical and sustainable global fashion industry.

CLO4: Develop empathy skills by practicing, taking an active role in listening to others and being challenged.

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 will promote your ability to propose, investigate, plan, analyse, and realise sustainable innovative fashion and textile solutions.

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’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

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

Assessment Task 1: Lead & Share (15%) CLO 1

Assessment Task 2: Reflective Essay (40%) CLO 3 and CLO 4

Assessment Task 3: Ethical Strategies Engagement Report (45%) CLO 1, CLO 2, CLO 3 and CLO 4

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.