I Shop, Therefore I Am: Global Consumer Society
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- 24 Feb 2020
This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Use sociological theories and concepts to critically analyse modern consumption with attention to a historical, economic, cultural and social context
- Explain from an intersectional perspective how individual identities and actions are interrelated to gender, racial and other inequalities and hierarchies at the local and global levels
- Learn to make a persuasive, reasoned argument based on research, critical thinking and a synthesis of scholarly and non-scholarly ideas; Develop research skills to analyse an existing social justice initiative and respond to a real-life problem of ethics such as gender/race discrimination and global inequality
- Advocate for social justice causes and propose practical solutions to inequalities by effectively communicating to specialist and layperson audiences in written and oral forms
- Communicate and develop ideas individually and collectively through active listening and speaking, personal reflection, and constructive debates with peers from diverse backgrounds
- Build on and apply new knowledge and skills to future academic and professional development, both as an independent learner and an effective team member
- The emergence of modern consumer culture
- Mass consumption and mass production
- Consumption and social class
- Consumption and solidarity
- Consumption in the digital economy
- Consumer activism
- Consumption, work and global inequality
- Overconsumption and the environment
No eligibility requirements
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
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 economy.
- Class participation (20%)
- Analytical writing (30%)
- Research brief (20%)
- Group work (30%)
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