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.
1x1.5hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
2x500wd journal exercise (25%), 1x1500wd critical analysis (30%), 1x500wd final project outline (10%), 1x2000wd final project (35%)
12 credit points at 1000 level in Gender Studies or Cultural Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in American Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013 or 12 senior credit points in Digital CulturesProhibitions