SOCI 2011EX - Consumption, Work and the Self II
External - Semester 2 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code SOCI 2011EX Course Consumption, Work and the Self II Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s External Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week online Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites 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 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 Outcomes
1 Recognise key socioliological theorists, concepts, debates and social research methods used to explore ideas and practices around consumption, work and identity. 2 Locate, analyse and critique academic literature in relation to consumption and work 3 Evaluate media representations of consumption and work in relation to academic literature 4 Work collaboratively in small groups to examine and appraise contemporary consumption and work practices 5 Plan and conduct a research project. 6 Write logical, sustained and coherent arguments based on evidence and considering a range of sociological 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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2,3,4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
3,4,5,6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1,6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesA Course Reader will be available to purchase from the Image & Copy Centre (Level 1, Hughes Building). The Course Reader will also be made available electronically via MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesA variety of resources to assist in assignment 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 listen to a 1 hour recorded lecture each week. They will also be required to participate in an online Discussion Board and work in small groups to design and develop Wikis. The lectures will introduce key terms, relevant theorists and diverse ways of exploring the subject matter. For the non-lecture component of the course, students will be required to participate in small group discussions and structured activities designed to cover required reading, consolidate concepts and employ critical thinking skills, examine case studies, and work towards completing their research project.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester 2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester 2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester TOTAL = 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
1 Introduction to the course 2 Identity, Subjectivity, Performativity 3 Learning to Consume 4 Cultural Omnivores and Taste Cultures 5 Online Identities and Quantifying the Self 6 Aesthetic and Emotional Labour 7 Examining Workplaces 8 Invisible work 9 Work/Life Collision and the Work/Spend Cycle 10 Consumption and Class: From Bogans to hipsters 11 Sustainability and Anti-Consumption Movements 12 Where to from here
Specific Course RequirementsNil
Small Group Discovery ExperienceN/A
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Course Learning Outcome 1000 word research exercise Formative & summative 25% 1,2,3,6 2000 word research project Summative 45% 1,2,5,6 Class attendance & participation Formative & summative 10% 1,4 Online Quizz based on Lectures Summative 15% 1
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents are required to complete all assessment tasks to be eligible to pass this course.
Assessment Detail1000 word 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.
2000 word research project: This assignment will require students to gather data throughout the semester about their own consumption practices, and use this data as part of a larger research project about contemporary consumption practices. Further evidence will need to be sourced from lectures, academic literature (including that provided in the Reader), and other reputable sources. More detailed instructions will be available on MyUni.
Class attendance & participation. Assessment for this assignment will include attendance and engagement with weekly reading and structured activities.
Two Online Quizzes based on Lectures: These assignments will require students to review the lecture content twice during semester and demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts and debates, and a familiarity with interdisciplinary theorists discussed throughout the semester.
SubmissionSubmission 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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