MDSA01H3 Study Guide - Final Guide: Conspicuous Consumption, Neil Postman, Jouissance

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Final Exam Study Guide
This document contains important information pertaining to the final exam. Please
do not email with questions pertaining to this document. Everything is contained
herein.
Please note, this is a guide only, and meant to be a helpful aid in studying. It is not in
and of itself a condensed content of the course, lectures, or text. It is simply an aid to
your studying.
Date of the final exam
As posted on the Registrar’s website
http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/registrar/examination-schedule
Format
The format of the final exam will be 100% multiple choice.
Please bring pencils and erasers. The exam uses a Scantron sheet.
The exam is a new exam.
Length of exam
The length of the exam is 2 hours.
Coverage of the exam
The exam is not cumulative. It only covers material from chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12,
and 13.
Chapters 11 on Sociological Analysis and Chapter 14 on Conclusion are not included.
The exam covers all lecture material, including material that was discussed in class.
Important considerations
Terms are important, as you realize from the midterm. However, as you know, it is
more than simply a matter of knowing the wording of a definition; it is also the
ability to apply your knowledge.
Individual theorists, by name, are important as they pertain to concepts.
Content of the chapters is important – particularly that which is discussed at length.
Content of the lectures is vital.
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Images from the text and lectures may appear on the exam, with multiple choice
questions asked about them.
New images that you have not seen may also appear on the exam, and multiple
choice questions asked about them.
An exam aid is allowed consisting of one sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch paper, both sides; it
may be printed but must be your own original copy.
I am not purposely weighting the final exam towards any particular part of the term;
I am trying for a fairly even coverage.
As you realize from the midterm exam, terminology is important. The terms that are
outlined at the start of each chapter are important to know.
Chapter 6.
The chapter begins with a discussion of the film Avatar. And then moves to discuss
cultural theory, with culture as a problematic term.
You should know the characteristics of culture, its “building blocks” so to speak.
You should know the functions of ideology, and how it shapes and affects our view
of the world, perceptions and interpretations, and how it defines normalcy.
And you should pay particular attention to ideological processes as discussed in the
text.
In lecture (and also text) we discussed ideology and media representations of class,
and in particular the American Dream, the role of advertising, and conspicuous
consumption.
We should know the ways that media excludes, and how representations of race and
ethnicity are associated with stereotyping, assimilation, and othering.
Chapter 7.
The text starts out discussing the movie Drive, and how it ties to compulsion and
desire, and then shifts to an overview of psychoanalytic theory.
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