Course Title: Strategies and Environments for Sustainable Innovation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Strategies and Environments for Sustainable Innovation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Van Amber

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9157

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B513 F01 R003

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces  you to the context for sustainable innovation at the macro (society), meso (industry/community) and micro (individual) level. 

You will examine the critical and interconnected issues facing society, including ethical concerns, environmental challenges and shifting consumer behaviours. You will investigate individual and collective dimensions of sustainability and examine how the global fashion and textiles industry is responding. In doing so, you will explore a range of sustainability strategies for the fashion and textiles industry.

Underpinning this course is consideration for how we (as individuals and as a collective) can use the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for investigating the strategies and environments of the fashion and textile industry locally and globally.

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.

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

PLO6: Apply initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in your practice or future study.

Course Learning outcomes 

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

Course Learning outcomes 

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

CLO 1: Investigate complex issues facing contemporary society, including environmental challenges, ethical concerns and shifting consumer behaviour.

CLO 2: Collaborate with others to examine and communicate how the global fashion and textiles industry is responding to critical issues.

CLO 3: Evaluate a range of sustainability strategies applicable to systems within the fashion and textiles industry.

CLO 4: Critically reflect on the implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a macro, meso and micro level.


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 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: UN SDG report (30%) CLO: 4  

Assessment Task 2:  Group research project (40%) CLOs: 2, 3 & 4 

Assessment Task 3: Individual project (30%) CLOs: 1 & 4 

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