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Бакалаврская программа «Социология и социальная информатика»

Sociology of Consumption

2020/2021
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
5
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
3-й курс, 2 модуль

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Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course is designed to cover topics in the analysis of consumption. It would be based on online course ‘Market research and Consumer Behavior’ https://www.coursera.org/learn/market-research#syllabus with seminars where students can deepen their knowledge in the studies of consumption by designing of their own projects. Online part of this course has introductory aim, the main discussion and project work would be organized during five seminars. We will focus on theoretical and methodological aspects in the analysis of consumption. The seminars are designed to discuss classical sociological models for the explanation of consumer behavior as well as to provide insights into the current methodological debate in the analysis of consumption practices.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To learn the sociological perspective on the consumption studies
  • To acquire the skills in methodology to create the own research in the sphere of consumption studies
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • be able to critically evaluate and discuss current researches in the sphere of consumption
  • be able to use acquired skills for the analysis of consumption practices in Russia
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to the sociology of consumption
    Course overview, central debate in the sociological studies of consumption, key concepts, consumption in historical perspective
  • Theoretical approaches to the analysis of consumption: part1
    Culture and consumption, making distinction, consumption and identity
  • Theoretical approaches to the analysis of consumption: part2
    Material culture, consumerism, Frankfurt school and culture industry, mass culture theory
  • Cultural consumption
    Main sociological models for the explanation of consumption practices, current debate in the studies of consumption
  • Methodology in the studies of consumption
    The main questions for survey construction (example, gss), interview ethic
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Homework projects (in team)
  • non-blocking Seminar participation
  • non-blocking Final empirical project
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.4 * Final empirical project + 0.4 * Homework projects (in team) + 0.2 * Seminar participation
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Corrigan, P. (1998). The Sociology of Consumption : An Introduction. SAGE Publications Ltd.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Goodman, D. J., & Cohen, M. (2004). Consumer Culture : A Reference Handbook. ABC-CLIO.
  • Peter N. Stearns. (2006). Consumerism in World History : The Global Transformation of Desire: Vol. 2nd ed. Routledge.
  • Tony Bennett, Mike Savage, Elizabeth Bortolaia Silva, Alan Warde, Modesto Gayo-Cal, & David Wright. (2009). Culture, Class, Distinction. Routledge.