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WMST6903: Gender, Media and Consumer Societies

This unit examines theories of consumption in regards to cultural and media products and practices, with a specific focus on gender. Drawing upon a wide range of feminist media and cultural theories, we will critically analyse different forms of belonging and identity that are created through these practices. We will also pay close attention to the critiques of globalisation and consumption, theories of the 'citizen consumer' and the realities of geo-political and economic inequalities that underpin many forms of consumption.

Code WMST6903
Academic unit Gender and Cultural Studies
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. Encourage students to develop critical and creative approaches for understanding consumption both as a theoretical concept and as lived practice
  • LO2. Increase familiarity with some of the main ways that media and cultural theories have understood consumption
  • LO3. Develop critical writing and discussion skills for analysing academic and popular texts with respect to gender, media and consumption
  • LO4. Articulate the key ways that cultural theorists have understood consumption, particularly with regard to media and gender
  • LO5. Draw on cultural theories about consumption to analyse and critique various modes of consumption in media and popular culture
  • LO6. Relate these theories to those of transnationalism, identity and difference

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.