Course Description

MIT 4034G-001 (Winter 2021)   Special Topics in MIT: Consumerism and Advertising

Instructor: D. Robinson

Course Description
This course traces the concept of “the spectacular” and situates it within broader debates about representation and the aestheticization of culture and politics. Radical, liberal and conservative critiques of spectacle are examined within the historical context of modernity and post-war consumer culture. Attention is given to debates about spectacular culture’s relationship to social relations of power. Topics include the production of fascist and consumer spectacles and the critique of domination provided by theories of dramatic ritual and cultural performance.

Prerequisites: Registration in fourth year of an Honours Specialization module in FIMS, or permission of the instructor. Note: Enrolment is based on a ballot system which is submitted prior to course registration.

3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.