Making and the Made

HNR 340 - Making and the Made

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2021
Class #: 31807
Section: M002
Credits: 3


Counts toward:
HNR Hum, Interdisciplinary

Course Time(s):
TuTh 09:30am-10:50am

Ernie Davis Complex 202

Course Description:

We live our lives surrounded by made objects, spaces and experiences. Historically, humans had a direct hand in the making process that was engaged to produce them. Beginning with the Industrial Revolution and moving forward through the Information Age, we find many Americans moving away from what political theorist Hannah Arendt termed Homo Faber (“human as maker”) and toward what might we might call Homo Consumptor, with obvious repercussions.

This course will engage a series of making processes as a method for fostering conversation and thought about the role that making plays in the 21st Century. We will engage performances and experiences, built spaces, and objects and analyze both the making process and the theoretical repercussions that affect us as consumers. In-class conversations and readings will provide context for field trips to local or regional locations and events.

Though the material in this course will be lensed through design, fabrication, and performative experience, it will be structured to engage students from any background or major.