Consumer Cultures (GCST2630)


This unit will introduce students to the dominant theories concerning practices of consumption and production, as well as different cultures and contexts of consumption. The unit will consider, for instance, how practices produce different identities, and how they can serve to stratify us socially. We will analyse the role of media, including advertising and marketing, as an essential element in reproducing cultures of consumption. Throughout the unit, case studies will demonstrate different methods for studying practices of consumption and production.

Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1000wd in-class exam (25%), 1x1000wd critical analysis of media (25%), 1x2000wd case study (40%) and Tutorial participation (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points from (Gender and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013)



Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.