STS.074[J] Art, Craft, Science

Class Info

Examines how people learn, practice, and evaluate traditional and contemporary craft techniques. Social science theories of design, embodiment, apprenticeship learning, skill, labor, expertise, and tacit knowledge are used to explore distinctions among art, craft, and science. Also discusses the commoditization of craft into market goods, collectible art, and tourism industries. Ethnographic and historical case studies include textiles, Shaker furniture, glassblowing, quilting, cheesemaking, industrial design, home and professional cooking, factory and laboratory work, CAD/CAM. Demonstrations, optional field trips, and/or hands-on craft projects may be included. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

This class has no prerequisites.

STS.074[J] will not be offered this semester. It will be instructed by H. Paxson.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS S.

In the Spring 2013 Subject Evaluations, STS.074[J] was rated 5.5 out of 7.0. You can find more information at the MIT STS: Tier II site.

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