PSDS
3760

Thinking with Things

Parsons School of Design: Design Strategies

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Thinking with Things
Fall 2022
Taught By: Barbara Adams
Section: A

CRN: 14484

Credits: 3

This course explores the ways in which we think and act in relation to things. At times provocations for thought, at times emotional companions or functional collaborators, things are not only symbolic carriers of the values and meanings that we assign but are also active in shaping the world and our experiences. We critically consider the implications of this and the role of things in a variety of contexts from the historical to the emotional to the sociocultural to the sacred. The course considers how we make, use, and consume things and how, in turn, things make, use, and consume us. Transdisciplinary in its orientation, this course draws insight from anthropology, cultural studies, philosophy, material studies, art, and design. We will examine a range of projects dealing with objects and these will serve as inspirational, theoretical, and methodological models for the projects students will develop over the course of the semester as they explore social and political issues through the materiality of things. Open to: All undergraduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Design Strategies (PSDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 19

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 5:06pm EST 1/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave
Room: 602
Date Range: 8/30/2022 - 12/13/2022