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GEND306 Gender, Work and Consumer Culture

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. Students in GEND 306 conduct their own interview research project.

Paper title Gender, Work and Consumer Culture
Paper code GEND306
Subject Gender Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
18 200-level GEND or SOCI points or 108 points
Restriction
GEND 206
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Associate Professor Chris Brickell
Paper 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
Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures per week and a tutorial for six weeks of the paper.
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.There is a course reader.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40

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. Students in GEND 306 conduct their own interview research project.

Paper title Gender, Work and Consumer Culture
Paper code GEND306
Subject Gender Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
18 200-level GEND or SOCI points or 108 points
Restriction
GEND 206
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Associate Professor Chris Brickell
Paper 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
Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures per week and a tutorial for six weeks of the paper.
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.There is a course reader.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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

^ Top of page

Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40