Ontario College of Art & Design

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Material Culture and Consumer Society
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 7.5 credits, including 1.0 credit of second-year liberal studies (including 0.5 VISC credit).
In its broadest sense, material culture is the study of the objects people make, use, purchase and consume to interact with their physical worlds and to construct visible social relationships. This course explores how objects are a reflection of the individuals and societies that produce them, and examines the design of objects and their meanings through interdisciplinary methodologies. Using a case-study approach to find what objects "say" about us, we examine a range of Western and non-Western objects including furniture, household products, clothing, cars and architecture, and topics such as collecting, souvenirs, branding and gift-giving.
Anti-requisite: Students who have taken ACAD3B22, HUMN 3B22 (2001) or VISC 3B22 (2002) may not take this course for further credit.
Course was last updated May 4, 2011 - 4:42 PM