IDS285-000: Intro.Interdisciplinary Topics

Topic: Sustainable Consumption

January 10, 2017 - April 24, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
10:00am - 11:15am
Tarbutton Hall 218
Reznickova, Anna

An introduction to interdisciplinary analysis through topics that are best understood through multiple methodologies and forms of evidence. The ILA and IDS program support interdisciplinary inquiry across Emory College; this course will frequently be cross-listed with other departments.

Have you ever wondered about the life history of your shirt? Your deodorant? Your cell phone? Everyday objects have pasts and futures; from being simple parts in the ground they come to our hands only to be eventually discarded and forgotten. In this course, we will follow the stories of consumer products and services through history and critically assess their impact through the lens of environmental, economic, and social sustainability in the local and global contexts. We will explore the different impacts of our consumption—on ourselves as well as on other cultures and places. We will touch on topics such as climate change, pollution, human health, working conditions, and others. Students will apply theories of consumption and human behavior to understand consumer choice within the political, social, and economic context. Students will also explore sustainability dilemmas through discussions of the viability of alternative products and services as well as the future of sustainable consumption.  

Particulars: Students will demonstrate learning through two short responses, two essay exams, a campaign group project, and a final paper about a sustainable consumption dilemma. 


Pierre-Louis, K. (2012). Green Washed: Why we can’t buy our way to a green planet. Ig Publishing.

Schor, J., & Holt, D. (2000). The Consumer Society Reader. The New Press.

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