Consumption Matters: Consumer Cultures and Identity

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Consumption Matters: Consumer Cultures and Identity

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Consumer Family Studies, Marketing, Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    A knowledge of and ability to research consumer cultures is essential to those working in the Creative Industries: it is crucial to understand the ways in which consumption actively shapes not only media and production industries, but also the value and meanings of products themselves. This unit requires you to synthesise and apply concepts and methodologies that you have learned in earlier units. This unit focuses on developing in you a broader understanding of media, communication, and production through the lens of consumer cultures. The knowledge that you gain in this unit will inform your future professional, academic, and creative practices.
    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this unit you should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate an applied understanding of consumer cultures in both academic and industry contexts
    2. Assess the roles that consumption plays in defining societies, cultures, identities, and social institutions
    3. Critique the various social and ethical issues and debates related to consumption
    4. Undertake and critically analyse consumer cultures research projects
    5. Communicate an understanding of consumer cultures in a variety of contexts and modes (written, oral, visual).
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    Key concepts will be introduced and illustrated in formal lectures each week. These will be supplemented with discussion in tutorials which are also designed to support student work-in-progress on assessment tasks. One week of formal contact time will take the form of a presentation session in which students discuss part of their assessable work in this unit with peers and teaching staff. The unit will use guest lecturers who are specialists in particular topic areas in order to provide you with opportunities for interaction with specialists with real world and applied knowledges of issues in consumer cultures.

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