Climate, Culture & Design
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Cultural Studies
Course Number: LCST 3720
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
- Media & Culture
- Media Studies
- Cultural Studies
*Climate, Culture & Design* [Tracks C & M] If we take climate change to be a fact which which calls for a concerned response from the whole of society, then what does it imply for changes to both culture and design? On the one hand, we will examine cultural responses to climate change, which try to picture and narrate it and hence try to make it fully understood and felt. On the other hand, we will look at design responses, which propose workable prototypes of alternate technologies which might point toward a new society less dependent on carbon and which emits less greenhouse gasses overall. The larger goal of this course is to try to bring together these two kinds of effort, of sensing and making, in a more coherent picture of what is to be done. The emphasis is on design and culture rather than politics and policy. And while we will look briefly at climate science, from the point of view of science studies, this course is mostly about particular work which accepts the need to get on with responding to climate change in concrete ways. Students will come away with a coherent sense of how cultural and design workers are responding actively and positively to one of the major demands of our time. [Tracks C & M]
Open to Undergraduate students.