PLHT

1001

Objects as History [Language Supported]

Parsons School of Design: History Vis & Mat Culture

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

[LS] Objects as History

Spring 2020

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: AL1

CRN: 3359

Credits: 3

This course introduces students to major trends in world history and to the considered study of objects as expressions of a particular place and time. Its structure is roughly chronological, beginning in prehistory and continuing until the dawn of mass industrialization - a development that occurred at different times for different cultures. The focus will be on objects, from ordinary tools of daily life to extraordinary monuments of skill and design, on display in local museum collections. These objects will be explored in terms of how and why they were made, by whom and for whom, how they were used, what they meant to their users, and what social structures are embedded in them. This Language Supported course is specially designed for students for whom English is a Second Language. LS courses have the same content as non-LS courses as well as extra attention to vocabulary, cultural references, and support for reading and writing. Students will engage with the materials in a supportive and dynamic learning environment as they become acclimated to American educational context, culture, and expectations. Parsons LS faculty possess training specific to both the content area and language support focus. Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshmen and sophomores only. Pre-requisite: NELP 1800 or NELP 1810.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: History Vis & Mat Culture (PLHT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 17

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 10:51am 8/18/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/27/2020 - 5/11/2020

[LS] Objects as History

Fall 2019

Taught By: Pamela Roskin

Section: AL1

CRN: 3656

Credits: 3

Objects as History asks you to look, with care, at how the world of “things” defines who we are and where we have come from. You will learn to ask fundamental questions that allow you to “read” an object: What is it? What are its visual characteristics? Who made it? How was it used? When we look at objects we will consider questions about material, style, context, function and process. We will make connections across time periods and cultures from prehistory (times before recorded human histories) to the 19th-century. Can we trace a path from Neolithic tools to the first desktop computers? From medieval armor to contemporary drones?

In this course we will address historical objects in ways that allow you to make connections to the present and to the disciplines you plan to enter as artists, designers and strategic thinkers. This includes critically engaging the frameworks we use to determine what “counts” as art and design, how it is understood, what is considered valuable, and to whom. This might include engaging with current debates about museums as institutions, restitution of objects to the places and cultures from which they were taken, and where art and design even belongs. The course aims to create a common visual vocabulary useful to all students through lecture, analysis, discussion and direct experience with works.

This Language Supported course is specially designed for students for whom English is a Second Language. LS courses have the same content as non-LS courses as well as extra attention to vocabulary, cultural references, and support for reading and writing. Students will engage with the materials in a supportive and dynamic learning environment as they become acclimated to American educational context, culture, and expectations. Parsons LS faculty possess training specific to both the content area and language support focus.

Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshmen and sophomores only. Pre-requisite: NELP 1800 or NELP 1810.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: History Vis & Mat Culture (PLHT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 11

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 10:52am 8/18/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 312

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019