AMCULT 231 - Visual & Material Culture Studies
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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We are living in a material and, increasingly, visual world. Every object you encounter and every image you see is shaped by powerful cultural ideologies — ideas about power and race and gender and class and nation. This class will explore the objects and images of our daily lives as puzzles rich with cultural codes for us to discover and unpack.

Students will be asked to think about how photographs, maps, paintings, graffiti, architecture, monuments, billboards, museums, movies and more — as fundamental elements of our visual and material world — construct and convey meaning. Students will be asked to think about ubiquitous visual and material signs as sites of essential forms of cultural knowledge. They will be asked to develop analytical tools for understanding these signs and to create some signs of their own.

Students will write two papers and produce two visual projects.

AMCULT 231 - Visual & Material Culture Studies
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001 (REC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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