Objects as History: Prehistory to Industrialization
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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: PLHT 1000
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus, Paris campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Cultural Studies
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Visual Culture
Description:
This course introduces students to major trends in world history and to the considered study of objects as expressions of a particular place and time. Its structure is roughly chronological, beginning in prehistory and continuing until the dawn of mass industrialization - a development that occurred at different times for different cultures. The focus will be on objects, from ordinary tools of daily life to extraordinary monuments of skill and design, on display in local museum collections. These objects will be explored in terms of how and why they were made, by whom and for whom, how they were used, what they meant to their users, and what social structures are embedded in them.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshman and sophomores only.
Restrictions:

Level

Open to Undergraduate students.

Campus

Open to Paris students.