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21W.730-3 Consumer Culture, Fall 2002

Photograph of shopping bag with consumer goods overflowing.
Overflowing shopping bag. (Photograph courtesy of Daniel Bersak.)

課程重點

This course includes essay and homework assignments that develop expository writing skills while examining aspects of consumer culture.

課程描述

What is the good life, and can you shop there? Would you want that life if you couldn't? Has shopping replaced working as the activity that gives the most meaning to our lives? The theme for this Expository Writing class is Consumer Culture. The class will explore what it means to belong to a consumer society—to think of ourselves, as Douglas Rushkoff puts it, less as citizens than as consumers. Readings will serve both as examples of effective writing techniques and as springboards for discussion. We'll read essays that explore a variety of cultural meanings of shopping and that analyze the way advertising works. We will also read essays that critique consumer culture from several perspectives, including those of psychology, gender, art, environmentalism and ethics. Readings and essay assignments will invite you to reflect on personal, familial and cultural meanings of shopping; to analyze advertisements; and to join in conversation with critics of consumer culture and offer your own critiques.

師資

講師:
Prof. Karen Boiko

上課時數

教師授課:
每週2節
每節1.5小時

程度

大學部

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