Units of Study

GCST3603 - Consumer Cultures, Environmental Futures

Semester 2, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Elspeth Probyn


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.


tutorial participation (10%), 2x journal exercises (equivalent to 1000 words) (20%), 1x1500wd essay (35%), and 1x2000wd essay (35%)


1x1.5-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week, 4 film screenings totalling 4.5hrs (equivalent to 0.5-hr/week)


18 Junior credit points, including 6 credit points in GCST



Additional Information

As part of the 2014 curriculum review this unit of study has been replaced by GCST2630. This unit of study will not be offered again.


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