GSOC

6220

The Social Life of Stuff

New School for Social Research: Sociology

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

The Social Life of Stuff

Spring 2020

Taught By: Catherine Murphy and Terry Williams

Section: A

CRN: 6821

Credits: 3

This course looks at the social world of objects, products, and people. We will engage critical thinking as it relates to ethics, aesthetics and the public good as we think through questions connecting various transactions intersecting these phenomena. Some key questions: What discoveries do we make when we trace the life of the objects that surround us? How do we understand craft? What does the spirit of capital mean in present-day life and the act of making and re-making? What responsibility do we have in addressing the impact products have on the worlds we live in? As we think about examining unusual materials and items of the sacred what remains sacred today? Where does the moral compass stand as it connects to the Internet and places like Silicon Valley? These and other questions will be examined as we establish a logical and causal connection between technology and responsibility to consider the socializing effects of things by examining the various impacts of objects on everyday life.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Sociology (GSOC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 12

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:16am 12/7/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/5/2020