Modern Sex and Gndered Design
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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: PLVS 4022
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Design
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
Does the designed world determine or reflect gender, sex, and sexuality? How can an object, interior, or building foreclose upon or present new interpretations of the discursive subjects of gender, sex, and sexuality. Working from fundamental writings on sex and gender, this course will consider craft, product and interior design as well as architecture and urbanism as both expressions of these rhetorics of sex, gender, and sexuality, and as constructing these same categories. Specific topics will include theories of sex, gender, and sexuality; the gendering of interiors; the sexual revolution in design; early design education: art school or home economics; gender, consumption, and urbanism; the rise of the department store and the new woman; and the postmodern suburban ideal. Class meetings, organized as vignettes, will incorporate short lectures, student presentations, and discussion of the readings and material presented in the first half of class. Students will complete weekly reading responses (1pp), a research paper of 10-15pp (broken up into smaller assignments throughout the semester), present on their research topic, and lead classroom discussion one week. Attendance and classroom discussion will be critical to success in this course. Pathway: Visual Culture Studies
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university undergraduate 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.


Open to Undergraduate students.