Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture
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This unit covers a range of sociological and critical theories that inform the analysis and interpretation of designed objects and images. Various perspectives of production, consumption and exchange are considered, including theories of the commodity and the gift. The bodies of thought surveyed include Marxist and structuralist perspectives, and subsequent discourses, as well as parallel streams of critique, and attendant linguistic and semiotic theories. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the systems of objects and images to which designers contribute.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Written assignment (2000 words): 30%
Essay (3000 words) including class presentation: 70%
One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour tutorial plus 9 independent study hours per week
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