ASC207 - Consumerism, Gender and Sustainability

Year: 2018 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Kim Toffoletti





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Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 1 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit introduces students to key sociological, cultural and feminist interrogations of consumer society. Students will be given the opportunity to critically engage with the gendered operations and effects of consumerism in local and global contexts. By looking at trends like makeover culture, the lifestyle industry and eco-consumerism, the unit encourages students to analyse the macro and micro processes of consumption that shape gendered identities and social life. Particular emphasis will be placed on the intersections of gender, race and class in the formation of the consumer subject. The types of phenomenon to be examined through the lens of consumer society include shopping, fitness fads, advertising, ethical consumerism and sustainable living.


Essay, 40%, 1600 words

Online Exercises, 20%

Research and Writing Exercise, 40%, 1600 words

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