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Advanced Study Course: Global Consumer Culture

Public Administration / global studies / International Development Studies / Politics and Administration / International Public Administration and Politics
master course
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Tilmelding sker via stads selvbetjening indenfor annonceret tilmeldingsperiode, som du kan se på Studieadministrationens hjemmeside Når du tilmelder dig kurset, skal du være opmærksom på, om der er sammenfald i tidspunktet for kursusafholdelse og eksamen med andre kurser, du har valgt. Uddannelsesplanlægningen tager udgangspunkt i, at det er muligt at gennemføre et anbefalet studieforløb uden overlap. Men omkring valgfrie elementer og studieplaner som går ud over de anbefalede studieforløb, kan der forekomme overlap, alt efter hvilke kurser du vælger.

Registration through stads self-service within the announced registration period, as you can see on the Studyadministration homepage. When registering for courses, please be aware of the potential conflicts between courses or exam dates on courses. The planning of course activities at Roskilde University is based on the recommended study programs, which do not overlap. However, if you choose optional courses and/or study plans that goes beyond the recommended study programs, an overlap of lectures or exam dates may occur depending on which courses you choose.

Detailed description of content

**What is global consumer culture? **Elective course: GS Advanced Study course with written assignments (also open to IDS students)

‘Consumption’ is a ubiquitous, yet strangely ambiguous and blurred concept in the modern globalized world. Consumption in global, national and local discourses is presently articulated as the factor or the principle held to determine definitions of value, the construction of identities and even the shape of the global connections between countries and North/South. Thus, consumption in all its forms animates political impulses, material imperatives and social forms of global capitalism. This course critically explores global consumer culture, that is, social science approaches to consumption in a globalized world. The course develops students’ ability to critically read, understand and discuss primary texts in consumer studies with a particular focus on theory and its operationalization, types of arguments and how these fit into classic and modern debates. The course is organized around four broad themes: consumption as a social form; production; trade and consumers as social actors. Based on lectures, field trips, exercises and class discussions, students will learn about theories, seminal studies and methodologies in classic and current consumer studies. In terms of employability, the content and form of this course encourage students to consider internships, MA thesis fieldwork and ultimately job opportunities in the field of consumer studies internationally – not least in the private sector.

Expected work effort (ects-declaration)


Course material and reading list

Schor, J. and Holt. D. 2014. The Consumer Society Reader. New York: New Press [https://rex.kb.dk/primo-explore/fulldisplay?docid=KGL01011918082&context=L&vid=NUI&lang=da_DK&search_scope=RUC&adaptor=Local%20Search%20Engine&tab=default_tab&query=any,contains,The%20Consumer%20Society%20Reader&facet=rtype,include,books&mode=Basic&offset=0]

Fischer, J. and Lever, J. 2018. Religion, Regulation, Consumption: Globalising Kosher and Halal Markets. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/kbdk/detail.action?docID=5326164]

In addition to the above, we will read reer-reviewed articles and chapters in books.

Administration of exams
ISE Studyadministration (ise-studyadministration@ruc.dk)
The responsible course lecturer
Johan Fischer (johanf@ruc.dk)
Type of examination

Type of examination Individual written portfolio.

The portfolio consists of 2 written products which are prepared in whole or in part during the course. For example, the products can be answers to exercises, papers for presentations, written feedback, written reflections or written assignments.

The preparation of the products may be subject to time limits.The total size of the portfolio may not exceed 28,800 characters in length, including spaces. The size specifications include the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.

The requirements for the content and form of the portfolio and the length of the various products will be determined before the beginning of the course and published on the university’s website.

The portfolio is submitted in its entirety.

The deadline for handing in the work will be published on the university’s homepage before the course begins. An overall assessment of the portfolio is given.

Assessment: 7-point grading scale.

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria
  • Specialised knowledge of a particular subject within International Development Studies

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of academic and methodological debates related to the subject

  • Skills in choosing relevant theoriesin order investigate a problem area

  • Skills in selecting and critically applying relevant theories and methods

  • Skills in communicating and discussing theories and empirical results

  • Competency in assuming responsibility for and reflecting on own learning and that of fellow students by actively participating in group work, presentations and discussions

  • Competency in independently selecting and utilising academicliterature relevant to a specific research question

Overall content

The objective of the advanced study course is to provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding within a specific research area. At least two advanced study courses will be offered per semester:
Themes may include:

  • Modern theories about the state in the Global South
  • Governance and economic transition in a globalised world
  • Migration and citizenship
  • Policies and practices in global health
  • Social, political and economic aspects of climate change
Prerequisites for participation
Currently no data from curriculum.
Prerequisites for participation in the exam
Currently no data from curriculum.
Teaching and working methods

The course is based on lectures, but will also include other teaching and working methods such as group work, exercises, student presentations, peer feedback and field trips or guest lectures as well as other practical activities. During the course, a written assignment will be prepared which consists of a response to a question that has been given at the start of the course.

Type of course

Elective course

Exam code(s)
Exam code(s) : U41389
Last changed 09/01/2020

lecture list:

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Thursday 13-02-2020 08:15 - 13-02-2020 10:00 in week 07
Global Consumer Culture

Thursday 20-02-2020 08:15 - 20-02-2020 10:00 in week 08
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Thursday 27-02-2020 08:15 - 27-02-2020 10:00 in week 09
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Thursday 05-03-2020 08:15 - 05-03-2020 10:00 in week 10
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Thursday 12-03-2020 08:15 - 12-03-2020 10:00 in week 11
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Thursday 19-03-2020 08:15 - 19-03-2020 10:00 in week 12
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Thursday 26-03-2020 08:15 - 26-03-2020 10:00 in week 13
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Thursday 02-04-2020 08:15 - 02-04-2020 10:00 in week 14
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Thursday 16-04-2020 08:15 - 16-04-2020 10:00 in week 16
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Thursday 23-04-2020 08:15 - 23-04-2020 10:00 in week 17
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Thursday 30-04-2020 08:15 - 30-04-2020 10:00 in week 18
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Tuesday 12-05-2020 10:15 - 12-05-2020 12:00 in week 20
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Thursday 14-05-2020 08:15 - 14-05-2020 10:00 in week 20
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Thursday 04-06-2020 10:00 - 04-06-2020 10:00 in week 23
Exam hand-in: Global Consumer Culture

Monday 10-08-2020 10:00 - 10-08-2020 10:00 in week 33
Re-exam hand-in: Global Consumer Culture