GSSA 2100 - Consumption, Work and the Self
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code GSSA 2100 Course Consumption, Work and the Self Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites 12 units of Level I study Incompatible GWSI 2002, GWSI 3002, GWSI 2100, GWSI 2100EX Course Description 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.
Course Coordinator: Dr Dee Michell
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Recognise key interdisciplinary theorists, concepts, debates and social research methods used to explore ideas and practices around consumption, work and identity
- Locate, analyse and critique academic literature in relation to consumption and work
- Evaluate media representations of consumption and work in relation to academic literature
- Work collaboratively in small groups to examine and appraise contemporary consumption and work practices
- Plan and conduct a research project
- Write logical, sustained and coherent arguments based on evidence and considering a range of socio-cultural perspectives
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2,3 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3,4 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4,6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2,5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3,5,6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5,6
Required ResourcesA Course Reader will be available to purchase from the Image & Copy Centre, Level 1, Hughes Blg. The Course Reader will also be made available electronically via MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesA variety of resources to assist in Asssignment preparation will be made available via MyUni throughout the semester.
Online LearningAll course related material will be available via MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThroughout the semester students will be required to attend a 2 hour lecture and a 1 hour tutorial each week. These will not be conventional lectures however, as students will be invited to participate in small group discussions and structured activities designed to consolidate concepts and employ critical thinking skills.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 2 hour lecture each week (x 12) 24 hours 1 x 1 hour tutorial each week (x 11) 11 hours 1 x 2 hour Weekly reading & tutorial preparation (x 10) 40 hours Assignment Preparation 40 hours Total: 115 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week Learning Activity 1 Introduction & Orientation 2 Identity, Subjectivity, Performativity 3 Learning to Consume 4 Cultural Omnivores 5 Beauty Culture 6 Dressing for Work 7 Examining Workplaces 8 Invisible work 9 Femininity, Masculinity & the Mining Boom 10 Sustainability 11 Disorderly Conduct 12 To be advised
Specific Course RequirementsNot applicable
Small Group Discovery ExperienceTwo hours lecture time each week has been allocated for this course. These will not be conventional lectures however, as students will be invited to participate in small group discussions and structured activities designed to consolidate concepts and employ critical thinking skills. In addition, weekly tutorial discussions will be interactive and collaborative opportunities to further explore key ideas and relevant contemporary reearch.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Due Date Weight Learning Objectives Assignment 1: 1000 word research exercise Week 6 30% Assignment 2: 2000 word critical reflection Week 12 50% Assignment 3: class participation & exercises Ongoing 20%
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents are required to complete all assessment tasks to be eligible to pass this course.
Assessment DetailAssignment 1: Research Exercise
This assignment will require students to locate and gather evidence from a variety of sources, for example, current television series, print and online media articles, academic literature, reputable sources of statistical information & lecture material. Further instructions will be available on MyUni.
Assignment 2: Critical Reflection
This assignment will require students to critically evaluate contemporary consumer society from their perspective as individuals, consumers, and workers. Evidence will need to be sourced from lectures, academic literature (including that provided in the Reader), and other reputable sources. Further instructions will be available on MyUni.
Assignment 3: Class Participation
Assessment for this assignment will include attendance and engagement with weekly reading and structured activities.
SubmissionAssignments are to be submitted online via MyUni.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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