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Review Session: Tuesday, May 4, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Exam Times: Thursday May 6, 2:00 PM; Tuesday, May 11, 11:00 AM; Tuesday, May 11, 5:00 PM

The review session and the exams will take place at the GDAE office at 44 Teele Ave, except for the Thursday, May 6 exam time, which will take place in Olin 103.

Review Questions for Final Exam

Course Syllabus

Guidelines for the Spending Diary; Brian's Diary

Guidelines for the Paper and Presentation

Homework #1 - Due February 17

Homework #2 - Due April 7

Interesting Stuff - Articles and other information related to consumerism

Click on the links below for readings and group discussion topics for each class session.

Date Session Session

January 27

1: Course Introduction

2: Film - Affluenza

February 3

Pre-class writing

3: Introduction to the Consumer Society Includes PowerPoint Slides 4: History of Consumerism (Part I)

February 10

Pre-class writing

5: History of Consumerism (Part II) 6: Cultural Perspectives on Consumerism (Part I)

February 17

Pre-class writing

7: Cultural Perspectives on Consumerism (Part II) 8: Psychological Perspectives on Consumerism (Part I)

February 24

Pre-class writing

9: Psychological Perspectives on Consumerism (Part II) 10: Economic Perspectives on Consumerism: Microeconomics

March 3

Pre-class writing

11: Economic Perspectives on Consumerism: Macroeconomics 12: Advertising Includes PowerPoint Slides

March 10

Pre-class writing

13: Film - The Persuaders 14: Consumerism and the Environment Includes PowerPoint Slides

March 17

Pre-class writing

15: Personal Finances, Credit Cards, and Compulsive Shopping Includes PowerPoint Slides 16: Budgeting, Saving, and Investing (Part I) Includes Investment Calculators

March 31

Pre-class writing

17: Budgeting, Saving, and Investing (Part II) 18: Consumerism and Work / Life Balance Includes PowerPoint Slides

April 7

Pre-class writing

19: Student Presentations 20: Consumerism and Inequality / Globalization

April 14

Pre-class writing

21: Student Presentations 22: Money and Happiness

April 21

Pre-class writing

23: Student Presentations 24: Summary of Advantages and Disadvantages of the Consumer Society

April 28

Pre-class writing

25: Consumerism and Public Policy 26: Lifestyle Choices and Personal Goals



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