Ontario College of Art & Design

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Special Topic in Humanities: STUFF: Material Culture and the Meanings of Things
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 7.5 credits, including 1.0 credit of second-year liberal studies (including 0.5 VISC credit).
This course examines the meaning of things, buildings and places and the relationships people establish with them. Interested as much in the methodological questions of how to assess critically the built environment – and here the built environment is defined so as to include architecture, furniture, human-made landscape and objects of all kinds – as in philosophical and aesthetic questions of meaning and significance, whether functional or emotional, that tend to accompany the interactions with "stuff", the course is structured around linked, but independent thematic units. As such, the primary purpose of this course is to provide a framework for the analysis of things and methodological tools for the use of material culture in the study of society, past or present. Here, the intention is to interrogate the central, complex and powerful roles that things of all sorts play in daily life.
Notes: This "Special Topic" course provides more advanced analysis of a topic of general interest or relevance. This course fulfills 0.5 credit toward the Liberal Studies requirements for a BFA or BDes.
Course was last updated July 9, 2009 - 2:54 PM