20 credits at level HE6
Exploring and examining the theories and concepts of leisure, consumerism and popular cultures.
Providing an historical and critical analysis of the changes in industrial and post industrial society in relation to leisure pursuits
Examining the inter-relationship between working practices, leisure and social/public policy.
Critically examining the impact of changing work practices on communities and individuals and their pursuit of leisure and development of lifestyles.
The dominant theoretical perspectives relating to consumerism and popular culture.
The dynamic and dialectical relationship between society, leisure and lifestyles.
The impact and influence of government economic and social policy on leisure pursuits and the leisure industry.
The impact and inter relationship between leisure, lifestyles and societal divisions according to age, gender, race, disability and social class. A critically perspective on the development of consumerism and the modern service society.
An analytical approach to the impact and consequences of modern technology on the leisure industry, patterns of consumerism and lifestyles.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching methods used will mainly participative and will include case study discussion, small group exercises and workshops individual and group presentations. There will be a formal lecture each week and individual tutorials when appropriate. Guest speakers from relevant agencies, projects and organisations will be use as well as visits to institutions and places of interests, where appropriate.
The assessment will take the form of a 4000-5000 word essay.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Use advanced concepts and theories regarding leisure and popular culture.
||provide written and spoken evidence in essays and presentations that you have a clear grasp of in-depth and advanced theoretical frameworks in this area.|
|2.||Apply these to communities in a range of specific policy contexts.
||Demonstrate that you can locate policy developments within conceptual paradigms.|
|3.||Analyse notions of leisure and social policy in an informed and critical way.
||Show that you can apply your developed powers of critical analysis to sociological and political economy debates on leisure, popular culture and consumerism.|
|4.||Critically engage in theoretical debates on leisure and consumerism utilising contemporary research and theoretical frameworks.||provide written and spoken evidence in essays and presentations that you can exploit existing databases and theoretical discourse to address arguments in the subject area.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A 4500-5000 word essay.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Alcock A. (2003) Consumption, Polity.
Bocock R (1995) Consumption Routledge
Briggs,A & Cobley,P (2000) The Media: An Introduction Longman
Chaney D (1996) Lifestyles Routlege
Chaney D. (2002) Cultural Change & Everyday Life, Palgrave MacMillan.
Day C (Ed) (1990) Trivial Pursuits: Readings in Popular Culture Macmillan
Deem R (1987) Work, Unemployment and Leisure Routledge
Devine F., Savage M., Scott J. & Crompton R. (2005) Rethinking Class: Culture, Identities & Lifestyle', Palgrave MacMillan.
During S (Ed) (1993) The Cultural Studies Reader Routledge
Fiske J (1994) Understanding Popular Culture Routledge
Hall JR, Neitz MJ & Battani M. (2003) Sociology of Culture, Routledge.
Hargreaves J (1986) Sport, Power and Culture Polity Press
Hargreaves J (1994) Sporting Females Routledge
Hebdige D (1979) Subculture: The Meaning of Style Methuen
Inglis F. (2004) Culture, Polity.
Longhurst B (1995) Popular Music and Society Polity Press
Miles S. & Miles M. (2004) Consuming Cities, Palgrave MacMillan.
Redhead S (Ed) (1993) Rave Off: Politics and Deviance in Contemporary Youth Culture Avebury
Ritzer G. (2001) Explorations in the Sociology of Consumption, Sage.
Savage J (1991) Englands Dreaming Faber & Faber
Smith MJ. (2000) Culture: Reinventing the Social Sciences, OUP.
Stead P (1991) Film and the Working Class Routledge
Storey J. (2003) Inventing Popular Culture, Blackwell.
Strinati D. (1995) 2nd edn., An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture, Routledge.
Strinati D & Wagg S (Eds) (1992) Come on Down: Popular Media Culture in Post-War Britain Routledge
Weymouth,A & Lamizet, B (2000) Markets and Myth Longman
Williamson J (1987) Consuming Passions: The Dynamics of Popular Culture Marion Boyars Limited
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