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SOCX2040 – I Shop, Therefore I Am: Global Consumer Society

2020 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Kumiko Kawashima
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
40cp at 1000 level or above
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

In our consumer society, we are what we buy. When you purchase organic coffee, fast-fashion clothes or an adventure trip abroad, it is about your identity, status and belonging. Consumer choices are also shaped by social conventions, cultural meanings and workings of capitalism. This unit examines everyday consumption in the past and the present, from a global and intersectional perspective and through the lens of power and justice. The aim is to address urgent questions of our time such as: In what ways can we use consumer power to challenge gender, racial and other inequalities? What new opportunities and problems emerge in the age of digital consumption? How can we balance environmental protection and the pleasure of consuming stuff? This unit is suitable for a wide range of students, including those interested in society and culture, gender studies, social justice, media and political economy.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Use theories and concepts to analyse everyday consumption sociologically.
  • ULO2: Use research and communication skills to make a persuasive argument and inspire others.
  • ULO3: Write coherently, logically and succinctly, while following appropriate academic and stylistic conventions.
  • ULO4: Communicate ideas through effective listening and speaking, constructive debates with peers and personal reflection.
  • ULO5: Explain how individual beliefs and actions are intertwined with social, cultural, historical and economic forces.

Assessment Tasks

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Delivery and Resources

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Changes since First Published

Date Description
21/02/2020 This version contains assessment due dates, and a description of delivery and resources. The assessment items are now in the order of due dates.