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Julie A. Nicoletta
TCXG 470
Tacoma Campus

The Material World: Art and Artifacts

Examines material culture created and used by humans to cope with the physical world. Employs interdisciplinary methods drawing from art history, historical archaeology, anthropology, and museum studies. Uses hands-on study of everyday objects as a means to understand the world around us.

Class description

The Material World examines material culture, that is, artifacts created and used by humans to cope with the physical world. The course will employ interdisciplinary methods drawing from, among other fields, art history, historical archaeology, anthropology, and museum studies. The combination of these and other methods, known as material culture studies, will be used with hands-on study of everyday objects, such as tools, clothing, and buildings, as a means to understand the world around us. In Winter 2004 students will focus on working with the Washington State History Museum to better integrate the history and material culture studies methods presented in the museum's History Lab with the exhibits in its Hall of Washington History.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Julie A. Nicoletta
Date: 11/12/2003