Undergraduate Course: Objects of Desire (DESI08009)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||NOT RUNNING IN 22/23. Objects surround us; they inflect upon everything we do; they literally determine the world we live in. However, so often they remain taken for granted. In this course we will investigate the capacity that objects have to tell us about the societies in which they were created and used. Based on a combination of historical research, cultural theory and contemporary uses and potential of design, this course will focus on the context of production, materiality and making. It will provide a close study of the representation and consumption of objects and the ways that taste and value contribute to our understanding of the world. All lectures will be delivered by historians, theorists and practitioners from the School of Design. Aims of the course are:
To introduce students to the conceptual and historical aspects of craft and design.
To encourage students to think broadly about the implications of making, value and taste on the production of objects.
To allow students to undertake a personal project related to the social biography of an object.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the social relations that objects create
- Critically analyse a range of textual and non-textual discourses concerning the production, dissemination and consumption of objects
- Demonstrate the ability to write, talk and visualise narratives about objects and the web of social relations that surrounds them
|Adamson, G. (2009). The Craft Reader. London: Bloomsbury|
Bennett, J. (2010). Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. Durham: Duke University Press
Candlin, F & Guins, R. (Eds.) (2009). The Object Reader. London: Routledge
Forty, A. (1986). Objects of Desire: Design and Society since 1750. London: Thames and Hudson
Highmore, B. (Ed.) (2008). The Design Culture Reader. London: Routledge
Julier, G, (2013) The Culture of Design, Sage
MacGrgegor, N, (2012). A History of the World in 100 Objects, Penguin.
Miller, D. (2009). Stuff. London: Polity Press
|Course organiser||Dr Jessamy Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)51 5816
|Course secretary||Ms Stella Bray
Tel: (0131 6)51 5926