Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSociology
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor JaneMaree Maher


This unit explores the processes of global consumption with a focus on the interrelationships between sex, race, and contemporary western consumer practices. Using sociological and theoretical perspectives, the unit offers an understanding of the changes in contemporary consuming practices being produced by globalization. The unit incorporates critical analysis of the discourses of advertising, media, travel and tourism, fashion, foreign aid and child sponsorship programs, and transnational labour movements.


Students successfully completing this unit will have gained:

  1. a foundational understanding of critical debates in the area of globalization with a focus on sex, race, cross-cultural consumption and sustainability;
  2. an understanding of the changes in contemporary consuming practices being produced by globalization;
  3. skills in the critical sociological analysis of popular discourses, such as advertising, news production and other media and popular cultural forms that cross cultures and borders;
  4. enhanced skills in verbal and written communication;
  5. enhanced skills in formulating, conducting and presenting individual research projects.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.