University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

SOCI 2011OL - Consumption, Work and the Self II

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: Online
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week online
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
Incompatible: GWSI 2002, GWSI 3002, GWSI 2100/EX, GSSA 2100/EX, GSSA 3003/EX, SOCI 2011, SOCI 3009/EX
Assessment: Research exercise (1000 word) 25%, Research project (2000 word) 45%, Class attendance and participation 15%, Online quizzes based on lectures 15%

The contemporary focus on the individual as distinct from society is one of the hallmarks of post-industrial western societies. The ways in which young people are increasingly invited to imagine and construct their identity through consumption as opposed to other aspects of the self, such as work, community relations or ethical beliefs is a particular concern of the course. This is an applied course which examines new and emerging theories, practices and experiences of consumption, work and identity and how they relate to current debates around citizenship in the broader context. Students will focus on examples drawn from advertising and the rhetoric of capitalism, personal self-presentation and development, lifestyle marketing, financial aspirations, regulation of work, the music industry and urban living. Students will be required to undertake a textual or discourse analysis as part of the applied component of the course. They will also be required to undertake a critical reflection of their own experiences of work and consumption.

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 10/08/2020 Wed 19/08/2020 Fri 18/09/2020 Fri 30/10/2020

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
26339 01OL 60 51 No details available