2015-16 Courses


VIC224Y1Y

Introduction to Material Culture
TBA
T 3-6

This course is about things - the everyday objects of past and present cultures. It examines the meanings people have invested in objects and how those meanings have changed over time. Using interdisciplinary approaches, students investigate objects found in homes, retail spaces, cities, art galleries and museums in order to develop new understandings of the objects that structure their daily lives and their material world.

VIC224Y1Y Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 FCEs
Exclusion: VIC111H1/VIC111Y1, VIC224H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

 


VIC225Y1Y
A History of the World in Objects
Professor Michael Chazan; Professor Ivan Kalmar; Professor Ken Bartlett; TBA
Lecture: M 12-2
Tutorials: M 2-3; M 3-4; M 4-5; M 5-6 

Through a multidisciplinary approach, this course opens new perspectives on the history of artifacts, the evolution of a world of things, and the analysis of material culture. Lectures and tutorials are supplemented by hands-on exercises in museums and local communities.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) + Society and its Institutions (3)

 


VIC229H1S
Special Topics in Material Culture: The Material Culture of Food
Professor Irina Mihalache
T 12-3

This course focuses on two types of spaces, the (domestic) kitchen and the (public) restaurant in order to explore the material cultures which form around food and foodways in contemporary culture. This course will look at foods as objects of production and consumption and at the material landscapes (culinary tools, the geography of the kitchen and restaurant, the archives - recipes, cookbooks, menus - which home cooks or chefs use) within these two spaces in order to "expose" the social, cultural and political dimensions of cooking, entertaining and eating. The course will include visits to archival collections (Fisher Rare Book Library), museums (Campbell House Museum) and discussions with local chefs. Some of the projects to be assigned for the class are: kitchen ethnographies, food biographies and restaurant menu analysis.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

 


 

VIC329H1 S/Y  
Internship: Material Culture
Professor Cathie Sutton
N/A

A practical or experiential learning opportunity under the supervision of a faculty member, normally at a museum, art gallery or other cultural agency (as approved by the supervisor). 

VIC329H1S Syllabus [PDF]

VIC329H1Y Syllabus [PDF]

Prerequisite: Completion of 9 FCEs
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

 



VIC444H1S

Themes in Material Culture
Professor Cathie Sutton
W 10-1

This fourth year seminar, required for students pursuing a minor in material culture, will have opportunities to explore themes in material culture studies, museum exhibitions and collections as well as processes of object analysis in greater depth and at an advanced level. Specific topics and research projects will vary according to the interests and specialties of course instructors and students.

Prerequisite: VIC224Y1/VIC225Y1 and completion of 9 FCE; or permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

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