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GCST2630: Consumer Cultures

Consumerism is a contradictory cultural formation. It is a source of meaning, pleasure and identity, but also a cause of environmental degradation, social injustice and, for some, individual alienation. This unit sets out some of the ethical, environmental and social problems associated with consumerism, and examines in detail some of the creative, ingenious and determined responses to these problems.

Code GCST2630
Academic unit Gender and Cultural Studies
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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12 credit points at 1000 level including 6 credit points from Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Media Studies, English, History, Philosophy, Education, Political Economy, Psychology, Social Work, Law, Design, Economics or Marketing
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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GCST3603

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate understanding of theories and concepts about consumption, production and sustainability
  • LO2. examine how consumption is organised, represented and practiced through application of relevant methodologies
  • LO3. undertake critical analysis of consumption practices and discourses surrounding them.
  • LO4. formulate and communicate complex understandings about the social significance and contexts of consumption

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.