Thinking with Things
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLDS 4011
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
Description:
This course explores the ways in which we think and act in relation to things. At times provocations for thought, at times emotional companions or functional collaborators, things are not only symbolic carriers of the values and meanings that we assign, but are also actors with agency and subjectivity. We critically consider the implications of this and the role of things in a variety of contexts from the historical to the emotional to the socio-cultural to the sacred. The course considers how we make, use and consume things and how, in turn, things make, use and consume us. Trans-disciplinary in its orientation, this course draws insight from anthropology cultural studies, philosophy,material cultural studies, design, and art. We will examine a number of projects dealing with objects and these will serve as inspirational, theoretical, and methodological models for the experimental projects students will develop over the course of the semester.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least two prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 3000-level.
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Level

Open to Undergraduate students.