Spring 2020 - GEOG 325 D100

Geographies of Consumption (4)

Class Number: 3179

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    SECB 1010, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 17, 2020
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Paul Kingsbury
    1 778 782-3717
    Office: RCB 7140
  • Prerequisites:

    At least 45 units, including GEOG 100.



Spaces, places, landscapes, and scales of consumption emphasizing commodity cultures, marketing, retail, ideology, subjectivity, objects, technology, and tourism.


Consumption is creatively destructive, conspicuous yet vague, complex but mundane, and as difficult to explain as it is impossible to avoid. Consumption ranges from the repetitive act of eating poutine to the visual joys of watching movies on widescreen quantum dot LED televisions. Under the aegis of “consumption studies,” researchers have used numerous theoretical frameworks in order to conceptualize consumption in terms of the interactions between people, objects, and society. These studies have produced lively and enduring interdisciplinary debates that have sought to clarify the interrelations between, for example: taste, need, value, aesthetics, commodification, pleasure, exchange, capitalism, and spectacle. The purpose of this course is not only to explore the diverse geographical contexts in which various acts of consumption takes place, but also to understand the various theoretical approaches through which consumption can be understood. To consider the geographies of consumption we will explore the following related objects of analysis: commodity chains, the mall, food, pet-love, clothes, taste and class, art, and the paranormal.

Course Organization
Two hours of lecture and one hour of tutorial each week. 

There will be NO tutorials during the first week of class.


  • Tutorial Presentation 10%
  • Tutorial Participation 10%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Final Exam 30%
  • Research Paper 30%



Journal Articles (available online).

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