Course Title: Asian Mobilities: Practices, Experiences and Impacts

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Asian Mobilities: Practices, Experiences and Impacts

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024


RMIT University Vietnam


345H Media and Communication


Viet2 2023,
Viet3 2023


RMIT Vietnam Hanoi Campus


345H Media and Communication


Viet1 2023,
Viet2 2023,
Viet3 2023

Course Coordinator: Prof Catherine Gomes

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9718

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 9, Level 5

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore the concept of ‘mobilities’ in terms of the movement of people (human migration, individual mobility, travel, transport), and the broader social implications of those movements. You will be introduced to the many practices and experiences of contemporary Asian mobilities and how they impact cultures, societies, communities, economies and politics. The course will draw on theoretical approaches from mobility and migration frameworks to investigate, reveal and recognise the many types of Asian mobilities which occur across transnational, interstate and intrastate lines. You will explore the diverse impact of Asian mobilities on contemporary relationships, identities, histories, customs, economies, policies, narratives and imagery. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

If you are enrolled in this course as a Minor studies course or an option you will develop the following program learning outcome: 

  • Identify, evaluate and critically analyse cultural, social, political and theoretical practices which contextualise your professional practice and further study 

For students enrolled in this course as a core course, you will develop  the following program learning outcomes: 

  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on professional communication in both local and global contexts
  • Identify, evaluate and critically analyse cultural, social, political and theoretical practices which contextualise your professional practice and further study 

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Discuss theories of Asian mobilities and their impact on cultural, societal, community, economic and political practices and experiences.
  2. Explain what are contemporary Asian mobilities, when they occur and how they evolve.
  3. Analyse Asian mobilities and their impacts on practices, experiences and cultures on the destination environment (i.e. destination countries, societies and communities).
  4. Evaluate the destination countries’ social, cultural, political and economic impacts on the Asian diasporic communities they host or are home to. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities which may include project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both 

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. 

The Library provides guides on academic 

referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian. 

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 may include written and oral reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups. 

Assessment Task

1. Reflective Short Essay:  Weighting: 30 % (Individual Assessment) Addressing course learning outcomes: 2, 3, 4 

2. Research Presentation: Weighting: 30% (Individual Assessment) Addressing course learning outcomes: 2, 3 

3. Group Research Project (Asian mobilities case study): Weighting: 40% (Group Assessment) Addressing course learning outcomes: 1, 3, 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.