Writing about Material Culture
Course No. LLC 212W Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mark Bassett
How is the material world understood in human culture? What do “things” mean — and why? Students will investigate various disciplinary approaches to material culture, through Freudian, semiotic, sociological, Marxist, and archaeological studies. Interdisciplinary approaches will be emphasized. In addition, the course will illuminate our personal attachments, the hidden history of things, our experience of material consciousness (as artists and designers), and the scholarly “packaging” of objects in support of cultural/art history.
Gary D. Sampson
Professor of Art + Design History/Chair of Liberal Arts
Gary Sampson teaches art and design history and theory at the Institute. He is also adjunct in art history and...more
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