MSc Sociological Research / Course details
Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
Sociology of Consumption
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
Students will survey the emergence and development of a new sub-discipline within sociology, the sociology of consumption. The course will involve examining key theoretical texts and recent research in the field.
The course will cover the following topics:
* A definition and mapping of the field of consumption studies
* themes in the sociology of consumption
* The Frankfurt School and the culture industries
* Pierre Bourdieu's analysis of distinction
* consumption, welfare and well-being
*cultural studies and the meaning of signs
* material culture and the meaning of goods
* an interim review of the field
*revival of political economy of consumption
*recent developments in the cultural sociology of consumption
To provide a module of study which furthers to the aims of the MA programme.
To cultivate a capacity for critical thinking at an advanced level.
To introduce students to a rapidly developing field of study which has relevance to contemporary social and economic life.
To offer a thorough overview of developments in the sociology of consumption and encourage a critical attitude towards theoretical and empirical work in the field.
* to impart an understanding of the development of the sub-discipline.
* to foster a capacity for critical evaluation of key theoretical texts and recent empirical research.
* to identify the strengths and weaknesses of current work in the field.
* to encourage a capacity to write analytically about topics in the field.
Teaching and learning methods
Students are required to write a 3,000 word assessed essay related to one of the module topics (date will be confirmed on course unit outline). Some titles will be supplied after the course has begun (and will be negotiable).
Aldridge A (2004) Consumption, Polity
Lury, C (1996) Consumer Culture, Polity
Gabriel Y & Lang T (1995) The Unmanageable Consumer, Sage
Slater, D (1997) Consumer Culture and Modernity, Polity
Miller, D. ed (1995) Acknowledging Consumption: a review of new studies, Routledge
|Independent study hours|
|Luke Yates||Unit coordinator|