Consumption - From Consumism to Consumerism

Class details


Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal


International semester



Semester / Year

Fall, various year

Person responsible

Alcina Dourado

Class duration

1st January 2021 - 31st December 2022

Research areas

  • Circular Economy

Contents of this class:

  • Basic concepts of consumption, consumism, consumerism, consumer rights and duties

  • Consequences of materialistic behaviour - climate emergency, social inequalities

  • Alternatives to consumerist behaviour - examples of good practices

  • European panorama of consumerism - from public policy to personal experience

This class is part of an international semester for incoming students. Participating students are from different years, course duration varies.

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