Integrative Seminar 2
Taught By: Marina Blitshteyn
This course aims to challenge old beliefs about what you can do with writing. It invites inquiry and helps you to think about research as an energized idea. In Integrative Seminar 2 you will be encouraged to pursue topics you find perplexing and fascinating. How can curiosity lead you to ask productive questions and get answers to them? How can you create a writing process that is organic and unfolds over time? In the first half of the semester quick assignments will introduce you to a variety of research methods and help you to define an area of interest. In the second half of the semester you will pursue your own research based project connected to studio. Throughout the semester, you will read texts which explore a wide array of forms that researched writing can take. Once again, studio and seminar will come together through a series of bridge projects that highlight the components of the research process: inquiry, context, investigation, interpretation, argument, connections and reflection. Bridge projects are the basis of the collaborative relationship of ideas between the two courses. They ask you to engage with writing as a form of making, and making as a form of thinking, in order to explicitly and productively blur the boundaries between seminar and studio.
Systems and Strategies A system is a set of individual things working together in a network. A strategy is a plan or action. This prompt explores design's role in shifting the social, environmental, and economic impacts of individuals, groups, communities and organizations. How can we use design strategies to promote change, foster creativity, and re-imagine the experiences dictated by a broad range of established systems?
Constructed Environments A constructed environment is a surrounding, made by human or animal, built for an activity. How do constructed environments inform and shape our sense of reality? We will explore the ways that light and materials affect our environments. We will consider how the energy and resources we use change us. Our goal is to combine the interconnectedness of large-scale thinking with social engagement as a way to understand a variety of design approaches.
Fashion Fashion refers to popular ways that people costume, decorate, and adorn the body. How does fashion create meaning around identity and culture? How can we learn to see fashion in all its complexity as a system of material, image, body and history? Students will engage with these complexities while interrogating new ways to approach topics such as form, beauty and sustainability.
Visual Culture Visual culture refers to images that surround us. Meaning is embedded in the endless images, spaces, and artifacts that make up our visual culture. How can we learn to unearth the ideas being communicated through a broad range of forms – art, advertisements, products, fashion, photography, illustration, architecture, performance, technology etc. What new and unexpected forms demand our scrutiny? .
Co-requisite(s): PUFY 1001 Integrative Studio 2Open to: Parsons First Year students.Note: Those sections with the designation [LS] are Language Supportive and were designed for students placing into NELP 1700 or NELP 1800.
College: Parsons School of Design (PS)
Department: Parsons First Year (PUFY)
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: 11:00pm 6/15/2019