UHON 121:24 LEGACY OF MATERIAL CULTURE: THE STORY OF OUR STUFF

Class Schedule 

  • Meeting Time:                Tuesday/Thursday from 11-12:15 pm
  • Location:                            Honors College, Room 2040
  • Professor:                          Associate Professor Megan Jacobs, MFA
  • Email:                                    mejacobs@unm.edu
  • Office &                               Honors College, Room 2024
  • Office Hours:                   Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-1:30 and by appointment

Resources: Purdue Owl 

All readings must be finished before class on the days listed. Please bring your readings to class.  Your daily written observations are due in printed form (typed!) before class begins during each class period.

Week 1 What is the relationship between the “good life” and material culture?

Tuesday, August 20  What is the good life? 

  • Introductions/Syllabus
  • Introduction to Status Anxiety + purchase the book!
  • Definition of the Good Life worksheet

Thursday, August 22 What is the good life? 

Week 2

Tuesday, August 27  What is the good life? 

  • Have Read: Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics. Translated by Roger Crisp, Cambridge University Press, 2014. [Read: Aristotle-Book I ]
  • Prepare responses to the study sheet

In class:

  • Discuss excerpt from, Nussbaum, Martha. Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions. Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • How does one pursue eudaimonia in 2019?

Thursday, August 29   How does material culture influence the good life?

  • Have read: Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics. Translated by Roger Crisp, Cambridge University Press, 2014. [Read: Aristotle-Book X]
  • Submit Observation #1, Please bring typed/printed observations to class.

In class:

  • Discuss summary paper + citations
  • Discuss oral presentation + draw names + meet with partner
  • Discuss Source of Wonderment

Week 3

Tuesday,  September 3

Thursday, September 5

  • Have read:
    • de Botton, Alain. Status Anxiety. Pantheon Books, 2004. [pp. 185 (start at section 4)-189 (finish at section 5) and 198-201].  
    • Ruskin, John. Unto this Last, Cosimo Inc, 2006. [Chapter 2 (pp. 22-34 )]
    • Submit Observation #3, Please bring typed/printed observations to class.

 Week 4 

Tuesday, September 10 

  • Summary Paper Due (at the start of class) 
  • Have read: de Botton, Alain. Status Anxiety. Pantheon Books, 2004. [Chapter V Dependance (p. 87-102].  

Thursday, September 12 Meritocracy 

  • Have read:
    • de Botton, Alain. Status Anxiety. Pantheon Books, 2004. [Chapter 3: Meritocracy (p. 47-71)].  
  • Submit Observation #4, Please bring typed/printed observations to class. [Half class pro and half class anit]
  • In class: Tammy’s Story (7 min) + Part II (10 min)

Week 5

Tuesday, September 17  Rights of the Individual and Collective 

  • Submit Observation #5, Please bring typed/printed observations to class.
  • In class:
    • Fast Fashion Clip
    • Screen clips from: Minimalism films as as set up for Berger reading

Thursday, September 19  What role does media take in shaping our material desires?

Week 6

Tuesday, September 24  Fast Fashion 

Thursday, September 26 Excess Material Culture and the Environment

Week 7

Tuesday, October 1 Excess Material Culture and the Environment

Thursday, October 3  What are the solutions to status anxiety? Art as a Tool to Subvert

 Week 8

Tuesday, October 8  Capitalism and Art 

Thursday, October 10 Fall Break, no class 

Week 9

Tuesday, October 15 What are the solutions to status anxiety?

  • Have read: de Botton, Alain. Status Anxiety. Pantheon Books, 2004.  [Chapter IV: Religion pp. 217-260.]
  • In class: 
    • Mindfulness exercises
    • Keep a record of how you spend your time (work, school, leisure, etc.) over the next week from Tuesday to Tuesday. 
    • Sign up for our post-fall break office hour one-on-one meetings and mid-term review.

Thursday, October 17 Managing your Life as an Integrated Whole 

 Week 10

Tuesday, October 22 Managing your Life as an Integrated Whole 

Thursday, October 24  FIRE

Week 11

Tuesday, October 29  Final Project + Rush Editing 

  • Discuss final project
  • You must have Adobe Rush installed by the start of class today!
  • Video Editing Workshop/Storyboarding
  • Review citation sheet

Thursday, October 31  The Revolt

  • Have read: de Botton, Alain. Status Anxiety. Pantheon Books, 2004.  [Chapter III: Politics. pp. 175-213]
  • In class:

Week 12  

Tuesday, November 5  Bohemia 

  • Have read: de Botton, Alain. Status Anxiety. Pantheon Books, 2004.  [Chapter V: Bohemia. pp. 267-293]
  • Submit Observation #9, Please bring typed/printed observations to class.
  • In class: Start Screening Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

Thursday, November 7 Minimalism 

In class: Screen Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things + handout  

Week 13  

Tuesday, November 12 Zero Waste

 Thursday, November 14  Marie Kondo

Week 14

Tuesday, November 19 Thesis statement and outline review + Storyboards

  • For class:  Please be sure to email me materials by Wednesday at 10 amBring 2 extra copies of your thesis and outline to class. 

Thursday, November 21  The Contemporary Good Life 

Week 15 

Tuesday, November 26  Gratitude

Thursday, November 28 No Class, Thanksgiving Break

Week 16  

Tuesday, December 3 Peer Editing + Video Sequencing

  • In class: Peer editing (bring two copies of your paper to class!)

Thursday, December 5  

  • Discovery Lecture Paper due
  • Paper editing and video editing

Finals Week

Tuesday, December 10, 12:30-2:30 pm 

  • Final Papers due + video submission (screening)
  • Class celebration
  • Course evaluation
  • Review your definition of the good life from the 1st day of class
  • How can you live the good life?
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