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: Seminar
Location: NYC campus, Paris campus
Permission Required: No
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, freshmen and sophomores only. Pre-requisite: Placement above or successful completion of NELP 1800 or 1810 for students for whom English is a second language. NOTE: Sections of this course designated [LS], or Language Supported, are specially designed for students who have completed NELP 1800 or NELP 1810.


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Paris students.