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IP205 - Consumption

  • Module code: IP205
  • Module name: Consumption
  • Department: Liberal Arts
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This core module aims to introduce students to the intellectual interface between the medical humanities, social sciences and humanities by focusing on the topic of Consumption. Using a diverse range of sources, students will critically consider a range of theoretical frameworks, cultural interventions and social practices. Using a transdisciplinary Problem-Based Learning approach, this module will encourage students to generate and interrogate problems relating to three broad areas of study: Consumption as an Illness, Consumption as an Economic and Ecological Concern, and Consumption in Society and Culture.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to: ◾Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the biological and social history of tuberculosis, including the cultural impact of the disease; ◾Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of economic, sociological and cultural theorisations of consumption and consumer studies, and critically assess a range of frameworks and methodologies; ◾Analyse the language of consumption, and representations and interventions in literature and visual culture; ◾Critically consider notions of use, value, waste and decay in relation to consumption; ◾Identify and problematize connections and convergences between the module’s three broad topics of consumption as an illness, consumption as an economic and ecological concern, and consumption in society and culture; ◾Generate problems and well-informed responses to issues relating to the module’s three broad topics; ◾Demonstrate advanced cognitive skills such as critical analysis, source-text analysis, qualitative research methods, and oral and written communication skills; ◾Demonstrate meta-cognitive skills such as: planning how to approach a learning task and identifying the appropriate strategies to solve a problem; ◾Demonstrate the ability to use methodologies from sociology, economics, the medical humanities, visual cultures, history, English studies, cultural studies and environmental studies to analyse a range of sources in cultural and historical perspective.

Timetabled teaching activities

1 x 2-hour workshop per week across Terms 1, 2 and 3 including research project guidance and one field trip in Term 2

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Other essential notes

Core module for second year Liberal Arts. Not available to students outside Liberal Arts.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: IP205-30)
A1 (Assessed work only) Text Response Paper (1500 words) 25%
  Group Presentation 10%
  Critical Appraisal (1500 words) 25%
  Research Project, or equivalent output (3000 words) 40%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (visiting/exchange students) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Liberal Arts (LA99) - Year 2
Optional Core