STS.474J 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.474J will be offered this semester (Spring 2019). It is instructed by H. Paxson.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.

You can find more information at the MIT STS: Graduate Class Schedule site.

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