ASOK22204U Consumption, Lifestyle, and the Climate (SUMMER 2023+2024)
MA elective course
Culture, lifestyle and everyday life
In summer 2024 the course is also offered to students at:
Full-degree students enrolled at the Faculty of Social Science, UCPH
- Master Programmes in Sociology
- Master Programme in Social Data Science
- Master Programmes in Psychology
- Master Programmes in Anthropology
- Master programme in Global Development
Enrolled students can register the course directly through
the Selfservice at KUnet without a preapproval.
Please contact the study administration at each programme for questions regarding registration.
Consumption is part of pretty much everything we do in society. There is consumption involved in the most mundane routines like sitting on the couch with a cup of coffee and the cell phone. At the same time, consumption and lifestyle are embedded in global challenges such as climate change and increasing inequality. Consumption comes with everyday social activities and local communities such as student life, leisure life and family life and yet its regulated in institutionally, in Denmark and at the level of the European Union through consumer, welfare and agricultural policies embedded in the global economy. Furthermore, sociological research on consumption is one of the areas where societal discussions about climate change and degrowth unfold embedded and influenced in interaction with social movements promoting new practices and habits. This course approaches the sociology of consumption and lifestyle based on Max Weber's and Bourdieu’s work, and international comparative research on key sociological themes such as identity, social change, inequality and power. In the course, the participants insights of what characterizes the field of the sociology of consumption and lifestyle based on timely theoretical perspectives with a focus on students working on concrete empirical case studies on a diversity of topics (including political consumption and media consumption), current discussions (such as change of consumer habits and policy in the context of debates about climate change and degrowth). Students develop research projects that connect theoretical and empirically based analysis of a current consumption and lifestyle phenomenon of their choice.
- account for the core sociological research literature within the thematic field of the course including the recent literature on consumption, lifestyle, and interdisciplinary research on cultural consumption, and political consumption, and research on consumerism, habits in light of debates about climate change.
- review and reflect on the interdisciplinary and international sociological literature on Consumerism and lifestyle showing insights into a number of different disciplines and their conceptualization
- carry out presentations, projects, and written assignments
- compare and contrast key theoretical perspectives that are central to the thematic field of research within the course
- identify significant international and interdisciplinary developments in research on Consumerism, Lifestyle, and the Climate
- assess and discuss practical relevance of their analysis for key actors, issues, and problems within and across the methodological and thematic fields
- apply and critically discuss key theoretical concepts within the thematic field of the course
- independently identify and analyse empirical cases and settings for research on the themes of the course including an international research perspective on consumption and lifestyle
- carry out current analytical discussions, e.g. the impact of climate change
- carry out empirical case studies translating the course themes to connect to different societal contexts and actors
- carry out independent and reflected sociological analyses of patterns of consumption and lifestyle within societies
Articles are uploaded online before the course starts. The syllabus will be approximately 600 pages.
Participants are also expected to include additional literature in connection with their project assignment (approximately 100 pages).
Peer feedback is integrated into the teaching through feedback on the ideas for the analysis of empirical case studies, societal debates and theories discussed in the course
Registration deadline for courses is June 1st for
Autumn semester and December 1st for Spring semester.
Registration deadline for Summer school is June 1st.
The ordinary period for registration for Summer courses is from November 15th to December 1st.
If the course is full after this period, it will NOT be offered for registration again, in the extra period for registration from May 15th to June 1st.
When registered you will be signed up for exam.
International exchange students must sign up by filling in an application form: course registration.
Credit students: klik her
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Continuous assessment
- Type of assessment details
- Active participation will consist of active engagement in class discussions, presentations, exercises and short written assignments based on the readings. The presentations include project work (either individually or in groups). Students are expected to contribute actively to discussion of core theoretical-analytical tools as well as the more specific analytical examples and case studies. Passing the class means that students are expected to submit short written assignments in class, as well as form part of group presentations or individual presentations in class.
- Exam registration requirements
Sociology students must be enrolled under MSc Curriculum 2015 or 2022 to take this exam.
Credit students must be at master level.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- passed/not passed
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- Exam period
Find more information on your study page at KUnet.
Exchange students and Danish full degree guest students please see the homepage of Sociology; http://www.soc.ku.dk/english/education/exams/ and http://www.soc.ku.dk/uddannelser/meritstuderende/eksamen/
Free written take-home essays are assignments for which students define and formulate a problem within the parameters of the course and based on an individual exam syllabus. The free written take-home essay must be no longer than 10 pages. For group assignments, an extra 5 pages is added per additional student. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see the learning outcome
- Course code
- 7,5 ECTS
- Full Degree MasterFull Degree Master choice
- 1 semester
- The Summer Course will take place in week 32. See timetable.
- Department of Sociology, Study Council
- Department of Sociology
- Department of Anthropology
- Department of Psychology
- Social Data Science
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Nicole Doerr (2-706642757165306d7730666d)
Nicole Doerr, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org