Faculty of Arts


Advertising and Society

Please note: this is archived course information from 2016 for FTVMS 110.


Often dubbed the "art of capitalism", advertising has become one of the most profound and pervasive influences on our culture. It is a zone where art and commerce meet: where emotional appeals to self and spirit encounter the forces of economic rationalism. An informed perspective on advertising is therefore crucial to an understanding of the workings of contemporary culture.

Advertising and Society pursues a critical examination of advertising, exploring its effects on our notions of society and self within the context of larger economic, social, political and global shifts. Beginning with an overview of the development of advertising, the course will introduce a methodological framework for understanding how advertisements create meaning, and then go on to examine how such meanings interact with, and impact upon, the culture at large. Advertising and Society explores advertising as a site marked by complex constructions of self, gender, class, ethnicity, nationality and local/global identity. This course embraces a wide theoretical spectrum and should prove useful to those pursuing Commerce, Marketing, Fine Arts and Politics, as well as Media, Film and Television.

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Availability 2016

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Dr Suzanne Woodward


Coursework + exam


FTVMS 110: 15.0 points

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