Assignments

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Cole, Nicki Lisa. Pomona College.

  • Short ethnographic homework assignment tasking students to compare and contrast a locally owned and operated café with Starbucks. Assigned to Nicki’s Introduction to Sociology students while reading Bryant Simon’s book Everything But the Coffee, and excerpts from Bauman and Bourdieu.
  • 10-page auto-ethnographic essay assigned to Nicki’s Sociology of Consumption students, designed to foster critical self-reflection and analysis of one’s consumer values and behavior.
  • Semester-long research project, paper, and presentation assigned to Nicki’s Sociology of Consumption students, challenging them to investigate a company that positions itself as ethical, or a certification system, and analyze it using course readings.
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