Theorizing Luxury

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Theorizing Luxury

Fall 2021

Taught By: David Brody

Section: A

CRN: 12057

Credits: 3

This class assesses luxury design from multiple perspectives. Issues pertaining to consumerism, economics, and labor will be addressed. Specifically, we will look at examples of luxury design and examine these spaces and products in relation to a variety of authors, including, but not limited to, Walter Benjamin, Henri Lebevre, Karl Marx, and Rachel Sherman. The objectives of this course are: an understanding of the luxury segment of the market as it applies to a variety of industries; the necessary vocabulary to articulate the nuances that differentiate luxury products and the ability to do so with clarity and precision in terms of technique, design, and materials; analytical skills by hands-on experience and business case analysis, discussion, and presentation; the critical skills to assess consumers’ reaction to luxury in a greater socioeconomic context. By the end of the semester, students will be expected to formulate their own critique of luxury in a research project that will utilize both primary sources and the theoretical perspectives we have explored.

Open to: All university graduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 7:37pm 12/8/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 9:55am - 11:45am

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1106

Date Range: 9/1/2021 - 12/8/2021