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INDD 5800: Material Culture and Values

Credits: 3. Contact Hours: Lecture 3.

Examination of the meanings of objects from the perspectives of design, material culture, philosophy and cultural studies. Critically examine the role of objects in everyday life. Concepts include: value of things, semiotics, object fetishism, product semantics, consumer value and production labor. Case studies of historic and contemporary objects will be discussed to understand key theoretical concepts and to make meaningful connection between theory and everyday objects. (Typically Offered: Spring)