In this course students will explore the communication of identity, ethnicity, values, social status, and group affiliation throughout history and today, and how that communication is connected to other aspects of our daily lives. Readings and discussion will cover topics extending from original theories on why people wear clothes, to how concepts of self are developed - how the psyche and society affect fashion adoption and change, stressing that clothing and adornment are basic human needs that permeate every aspect of life. The interpretation of various presentations of dress in art and media, as well as how dress is affected by social and cultural context, will all be explored.
We may collaborate with other courses studying art, history, sustainability, music, and gender to look at how the apparel industry and consumer behavior are inextricably linked to economics, politics, the environment, and global production and consumption. Students will be encouraged to discuss perceptions that lead to the development of stereotypes, prejudice, and social exclusion.
This course helps students acclimate to college life and better understand university resources. The discipline of dress and appearance, primarily drawing from sociology, anthropology, and history, will be the basis for relating various areas of study to each other, learning how to connect our studies to the broader world, and learning to use the academic tools necessary for a successful college career. Participants will begin to develop critical writing skills and gain an early understanding of how to read and respond to research and writing at the college level. Students will emerge as more open-minded, independent, critical thinkers with the tools to be successful in the first year of college.
Catalog Information: COLL-S 104 FRESHMAN SEMINAR IN S & H