May 08, 2021  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21
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ART 2501 - Design History and Social Impact

As a result of globalization, studying cross-cultural design provides a framework of visual culture that emphasizes the role of design in diverse communication exchanges and public discourse. Particularly important is that a history of design transcends mere exposure to various traditions of design. Instead, a critical discussion of design in various contexts is encouraged as a way to understand our own cultural patterns of design among a broader history. An inclusive classification of design will be used to track significant developments in design across technological, physical and social contexts.

Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 2CP
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze and examine artifacts of design both within and outside the Western canon based on their role in representing identities and shaping social agendas.
  • Apply and produce multimodal projects that address two of the core concepts presented in each lecture.
  • Comprehension to explain cross-cultural design history by creating photographic documentation that considers contemporary examples, cultural antecedents, technologies, and contextual factors.
  • Knowledge to describe methods for studying design histories and design as cultural production.
  • Synthesize and construct a taxonomy presenting artifact images with a written analysis of an artifacts impact on political and social contexts.

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