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ASC207 - Consumer Society and Sustainable Futures

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:K Toffoletti




Incompatible with:


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. It examines the emergence and development of consumer society in the context of 'reflexive modernity'. Students will be given the opportunity to critically engage with the operations and effects of consumerism in local and global contexts. By looking at trends like makeover culture, the 'lifestyle' industry and anti-consumption, the unit encourages students to analyse the macro and micro processes of consumerism that shape social life, identities and communities. 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 sporting events, home renovation, health and fitness fads, ethical consumerism and sustainability.


Essay, 40%, 1800 words

Online quizzes, 20%

Exam, 40%, 1800 words

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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