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This course either focuses on topics not covered by the current course offerings in a department or program or offers the opportunity to pilot a course that is being considered for inclusion in the regular program. [Note 1: Prerequisite set by Department/Program when the topic and level are announced. Note 2: When a Department or Program intends to offer a course under this designation, it must submit course information, normally at least three months in advance, to the Dean. Note 3: Students may register for VMCS 3991 more than once, provided the subject matter differs.] (Format: Variable) Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 to 3:50PM HART HALL 407.
This course either focuses on topics not covered by the current course offerings in a department or program or offers the opportunity to pilot a course that is being considered for inclusion in the regular program. [Note 1: Prerequisite set by Department/Program when the topic and level are announced. Note 2: When a Department or Program intends to offer a course under this designation, it must submit course information, normally at least three months in advance, to the Dean. Note 3: Students may register for VMCS 2991 more than once, provided the subject matter differs.] (Format: Variable) Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 to 12:50AM Hart Hall 407.
This course provides a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary introduction to material culture from ancient civilizations to our contemporary global world.
• It presents key terms, concepts, and issues that are central to the study of materiality, including maker and creation practices, modes of objectification and commodification, and material ways of knowing often set aside by textually-expressed knowledge.
• By decentring the text and focusing on the material world, this course will allow a better understanding of otherwise overlooked knowledge and experiences.
• This course offers a range of approaches to material culture drawing from anthropology, archeology, art history, archival and curatorial studies, the history of the book, ethno-history, Indigenous studies, marketing, museology, race studies, sound studies, and womens and gender studies.
(Format: Lecture 3 hours) (Distribution: Humanities-b)
Monday Wednesday and Friday 9:30 to 10:20AM Crabtree M10.

This course provides a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary introduction to visual culture from ancient civilizations to our contemporary global world. It presents key terms, concepts, and issues that are central to the study of images, visuality, practices of looking, as well as visual media, technology, and culture. It deconstructs the mechanism and impact of visual communication by illuminating how images exert power in specific geographic and cultural contexts, manufacture desire in viewers and consumers, and construct meaning and experience through time. Lectures target the acquisition of visual literacy and the understanding of visual culture around the world. (Format: Lecture 3 hours) (Distribution: Arts-a) Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 to 12:50PM Flemington 116.