Consumer culture

A.A. 2018/2019
Insegnamento per
9
Crediti massimi
60
Ore totali
SSD
SPS/07
Lingua
Inglese
Obiettivi formativi
To provide a critical understanding of the historical development of consumer capitalism, the fundamental elements of contemporary sociological theories of consumer action and the main issues related to the politics of consumer culture. To illustrate how theories may work in practice, by addressing key contemporary empirical phenomena in the sphere of consumption, with particular attention to social boundaries and social identities, commercial institutions and the new challenges posed by environmental issues and the process of globalization/localization. Besides a sound competence in the sociology of consumption, students will also develop capacities of critical reading and writing, as well as oral presentation and team-work.

Struttura insegnamento e programma

Edizione attiva
Responsabile
SPS/07 - SOCIOLOGIA GENERALE - CFU: 9
Lezioni: 60 ore
STUDENTI FREQUENTANTI
Programma
The unit deals with the history, theory and politics of consumer culture. It provides the theoretical grounding for understanding the most relevant contemporary consumer issues.
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
Witten exams plus coursework for attending students.
Metodi didattici
lectures, workshops, teamwork and presentations
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
Attending students will have a written exam on Sassatelli, R. (2007) Consumer Culture, Sage and a selection of chapters (as detailed in the itemized Programme for Attending Students which will be distributed at the beginning of Unit) workshops and coursework based on teamwork. The workshops are organized around the production of Wikipedia entries in the area of Consumer Culture.
STUDENTI NON FREQUENTANTI
Programma
The unit deals with the history, theory and politics of consumer culture. It provides the theoretical grounding for understanding the most relevant contemporary consumer issues.
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
Written Exam for non-attending students.
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
The assessment will consist of a written exam for non-attending students who will have to study the 4 textbooks listed below in full, answering 6 questions on all books. The exam lasts one hour and each answer is given a short, fixed space.

Textbooks
Hochschild, A.R. (2012) The Outsourced Self, UCP
Miller, D. (2012) Consumption and its Consequences, Polity
Sassatelli, R. (2014) Fitness Culture, Palgrave
Sassatelli, R. (2007) Consumer Culture, Sage
Periodo
Secondo trimestre
Periodo
Secondo trimestre
Modalità di valutazione
Esame
Giudizio di valutazione
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi
Siti didattici
Docente/i
Ricevimento:
mercoledi 11.30-1430. Mercoledi 18 settembre il ricevimento avra luogo dalle 1030 alle 1330
Studio Docente: Stanza 314, Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali e Politiche (Via Conservatorio, terzo piano)