Course Title: Designing Social Futures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Designing Social Futures

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


625H Economics, Finance and Marketing


Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr. Janneke Blijlevens

Course Coordinator Phone: +61399255941

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study:
BUSM2562 Understanding the Business Environment
BUSM2567 Business Decision Making
BUSM2572 Business in Society
BUSM2577 Integrated Perspectives on Business Problems
BUSM2656 Principles of Social Impact

Assumed Knowledge:
This is the capstone course for the Major in Social Impact and best taken after all other Social Impact Major courses have been completed

Course Description

In this course, you will combine creative thinking and critical thinking skills to gain a deep understanding of current social trends that will significantly shape the future in which we conduct our business, and use gained insights to ideate and design a strategy for shaping a socially desirable future in society.

First, you will take a future thinking and design thinking approach to gain a deep human-centred understanding of current social trends in the world that are expected to have a large impact on how we live our lives and conduct our business in the future. You will also gain an understanding of the underlying behavioural and social principles that drive these trends. Then, you will ideate and conceptualise a potential socially desirable future. Finally, you will outline a strategy on how to implement behavioural and social principles to craft that socially desirable future.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

CLO1: Apply critical thinking to understanding current social trends, and evaluate conceptualised possible futures, and corresponding design strategy.
CLO2: Take a creative and design thinking approach to understand, envision and craft a socially desirable future.
CLO3: Utilise human-centred behavioural and social principles to craft a socially desirable future.
CLO4: Provide an compelling evidence-based argument supporting your design strategy.

Overview of Learning Activities

This is an active learning-based course in which learning occurs through in-class group and individual project-led activities. These activities, week-by-week, scaffold into cumulative learning and are constructively aligned with the assessments.

The project-based course is authentic and industry relevant and thus requires active engagement with current societal and business trends and encourages you to engage in real-world scenario-based thinking.

Peer-to-peer learning will occur through active participation in group-based activities, critical peer review exercises, and discussions; and sharing of work and resources.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through the RMIT Student Website. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. You have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.

Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access
the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Contact: Ask the Library for assistance and information on Library resources and services: Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills. Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1,2

Assessment 2: 30%
Linked CLOs: 2,3

Assessment 3: 50%
Linked CLOs: 2,3,4