Gender, Work, and Consumer Culture

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Gender, Work, and Consumer Culture

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Gender Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    GEND 101 or GEND 102 or 54 points

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Explores the relationships between gender, paid and unpaid work, and cultures of consumption. Topics include labour force change, gendered production of consumer goods, fashion, retailing and the consumption of gender identities.

    This paper will provide an introduction to the relationships between gender, work (both paid and unpaid) and the emerging field of consumer culture studies. We examine why women and men often experience work differently. Consumer culture is the other side of the coin: patterns of spending the money we earn. As consumers we often rely on the work of ourselves and others, and we examine how consumer practices are also gendered. Specific topics include assumptions about work, emotional labour, the changing labour force, theories of work and consumption, shopping malls and the ambiguous spaces of suburbia.

    Teaching Arrangements
    2 lectures per week and a tutorial for 6 weeks of the paper.

    Course Structure
    Key topics:
    - Theories of work and consumer culture
    - Gender and the labour force
    - Unpaid work
    - Emotional labour
    - Histories of consumer culture
    - Gender and shopping
    - Malls and department stores
    - Suburbia

    Learning Outcomes
    By the end of the paper, students should:
    - Be able to discuss relationships between gender, work and consumer culture
    - Think critically about the world of work and consumer culture
    - Have had practice in developing written and verbal arguments

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