Course Title: Advanced Seminars in Global Business and Law Research

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Seminars in Global Business and Law Research

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Note: This course is taught fully online for this teaching period, and not face-to-face. 

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


625H Economics, Finance and Marketing


RSCHYr2023 (AS33)


City Campus


625H Economics, Finance and Marketing


RSCHYr2024 (AS42)

Course Coordinator: Sinclair Davidson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 (3) 99255869

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Melbourne Campus Building 80

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Candidates will be expected to have qualified for entry to the RMIT College of a Business and Law PhD or Masters by Research programs.

Course Description

This course aims to provide candidates a multi-disciplinary ability to critique important theories, histories, and contemporary issues in the Business and Law fields. 

The focus is on equipping candidates with a holistic perspective on important theories and important global business and law-related problems (such as sustainability and digital transformation) and projects that address these. 

Emphasis will be placed on showcasing leading global projects that link theories to multi-disciplinary research problems and their benefits to the community through the development of innovative, sustainable, and ethical business and societal value.  

By its nature, the unit is modular in structure allowing candidates to complete the components they need to prepare for their research project and to enable more granular recognition of prior learning.  

This course is compulsory for all PhD candidates prior to 2MR and MRes prior to 3MR 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this unit, candidates would be expected to demonstrate: 

a. Critical thinking through analysis of theories, contemporary research projects, their methods and social,  

b. Multi-disciplinary perspective on current business and law research and its benefits to the community. 

c. Collaboration through construction and presentation of a team presentation. 

d. High-level communication skills through oral and written presentations, particularly in the analysis of high-level presentations. 

e. Creativity by gaining insights into different perspectives on their research topic areas and potential theories and resources. 

f. Ethical considerations through analysis of ethical factors in research projects.  

g. Independent analysis of high-level theory and project presentations and synthesis into a competent and coherent report/paper. 

The anticipated outcome of this seminar is to enable Business and Law candidates to:​ 

CLO1 critique theoretical paradigms, contemporary research projects, their methods and impact in Business and Law research,  

CLO2 assess a broad range of current Business and Law issues, leading research that are addressing these, and how this research will impact on innovative, sustainable, and ethical delivery of business and societal benefits, 

CLO3 identify and critically evaluate theoretical foundations and contributions and how they relate to their chosen topic area, 

CLO4 synthesise multi-disciplinary perspectives from a range of business and law research and reflect these in their research including the potential for business careers and new ventures,  

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered in seminar style and will involve presentations from appropriate research centres/ research leaders of the College, the University and from outside the University, describing current projects, their background, the research objectives and questions be asked, likely business benefits and risks, ethical and legal impact and the methods used. Candidates would be expected to be given time for questioning presenters. 

Overview of Learning Resources

No special resources required. 

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows.  

Assessment Task 1: Learning Portfolio - 40%  

Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4 

Assessment Task 2: Reflective essay - 40%  

Linked CLOs: 1,2,3, 4  

Assessment Task 3: Concept/discipline mapping report - 20%  

Linked CLOs: 1,2,3, 4