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

Class Schedule 

  • Meeting Time: Tuesday/Thursday from 2-3:15 pm
  • Location: Honors Center, Room 9
  • Professor: Associate Professor Megan Jacobs, MFA
  • Email: mejacobs@unm.edu
  • Phone: 505.277.4211  (the fastest way to reach me is via email)
  • Office: Honors Center Room 19a
  • Office Hours: Tuesday:  9:30-10:30, 1-2 pm, Thursday: 1-2 pm, & by appointment

Resources: Purdue Owl + Peer Evaluation Form (Kindly fill out this online peer evaluation form. Please fill out the form twice: once to evaluate your partner’s performance and once to evaluate your own performance.  Please know that these evaluations are kept confidential. The form should be filled out by the start of class on your presentation date. It should take approximately 5 minutes. Be sure to fill out the last section which is a written account of your peers/your performance. The more specific you are, the better.)

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 21  What is the good life? 

  • Introductions/Syllabus
  • Introduction to Status Anxiety + purchase the book!
  • Definition of the Good Life worksheet
  • Assessment #1: The Concept Questionnaire

Thursday, August 23 What is the good life? 

Week 2

Tuesday, August 28  What is the good life? 

  • Have Read: Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics. Translated by Roger Crisp, Cambridge University Press, 2014. [Read: Aristotle-Book I ]
  • Submit: Please bring typed observations to class.

In class:

  • Discuss excerpt from, Nussbaum, Martha. Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions. Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • How does one pursue eudaimonia in 2018?

Thursday, August 30   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: Please bring typed 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 4  

Thursday, September 6

  • 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: Please bring typed observations to class.

 Week 4 

Tuesday, September 11 Meritocracy 

  • Summary Paper Due (at the start of class) 
  • Have read:
    • de Botton, Alain. Status Anxiety. Pantheon Books, 2004. [Chapter 3: Meritocracy (p. 47-71)].  No observations are due today.

Thursday, September 13  Rights of the Individual and Collective

Week 5

Tuesday, September 18 What role does media take in shaping our material desires?

Thursday, September 20 What role does media take in shaping our material desires?

  • Submit: Please bring 3 typed observations to class + an ad which produces consumer desire targeted to your age group.
  • In class: Screen clips from: Affluenza and Minimalism films + meet in individual presentation group + Watch: Story of Stuff, a 20-minute film by Annie Leonard, Louis Fox, and Jonah Sachs

Week 6

Tuesday, September 25  Fast Fashion 

Thursday, September 27 Excess Material Culture and the Environment

Week 7

Tuesday, October 2 Excess Material Culture and the Environment

Thursday, October 4  What are the solutions to status anxiety? Art as a Tool to Subvert

 Week 8

Tuesday, October 9  Capitalism and Art 

  • Submit: Argumentative Paper Due (at the start of class).  
  • REGISTER TO VOTE! Today, is the last day to register to vote for the 2018 General Election. You have until midnight to register online!
  • Economic Systems 
  • In class: exercise Museum of Capitalism exercises
  • Have read: de Botton, Alain. Status Anxiety. Pantheon Books, 2004.  [Chapter II: Art. pp. 123-175.]  No observations are due.

Thursday, October 11 Fall Break, no class 

Week 9

Tuesday, October 16 What are the solutions to status anxiety?

  • Have read: de Botton, Alain. Status Anxiety. Pantheon Books, 2004.  [Chapter IV: Religion pp. 217-260.]
  • Submit: No observations required.  Read the text and be prepared to discuss it!
  • In class: 
    • Mindfulness exercises
    • Source of wonderment presentations 1: Allison & 2: Sarah Ann
  • Keep a record of how you spend your time over the next week from Tuesday to Tuesday. 

Thursday, October 18 Group Work Day 

  • Work with presentation groups
  • Work on Souce of Wonderment presentations
  • Keep a record of how you spend your time 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.

 Week 10

Tuesday, October 23 Managing your Life as an Integrated Whole 

Thursday, October 25 Managing your Life as an Integrated Whole 

Mid-Term Meeting Schedule

  • 9-9:10 Jacob
  • 9:20-9:30 Kyla
  • 9:50-10 Lexi
  • 10-10:10 Isa
  • 10:10-1:20 Grace
  • 10:20-1:30 Kerstin
  • 1-1:10 Allison
  • 1:10-1:20 Brenna
  • 1:20-1:30 Coy
  • 1:30-1:40 SarahAnn
  • 3:20-3:30 Hannah
  • 3:30-3:40 Braden
  • 3:40-3:50 Jana

Week 11

Tuesday, October 30  The Revolt

  • Have read: de Botton, Alain. Status Anxiety. Pantheon Books, 2004.  [Chapter III: Politics. pp. 175-213] (no observations necessary, but please read!)
  • In class:
    • Discuss Final Paper
    • Source of wonderment presentations 5: Kerstin & 6:Coleman
    • Oral Presentations:  Adbusters Resources: Adbusters + Culture Jams        

Thursday, November 1  Guest Artist: Jonathan Blaustein

  • Read this article from PetaPixel on The Cost of Dollar and this article from PDNonline on There’s No Party at Party City
  • Have 3 printed questions for Jonathan

Week 12  

Tuesday, November 6  Bohemia 

Thursday, November 8 Minimalism

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

Week 13  

Tuesday, November 13 Minimalism + Waste

  • In class:
    • Finish screening Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things + discussion
    • Lauren Singer’s TED Talk 13 min
    • Source of wonderment presentations 9:Lexi & 10: Kyla 

 Thursday, November 15 Thesis statement and outline review

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

Week 14

Tuesday, November 20 Marie Kondo

Thursday, November 22 No Class, Thanksgiving Break

Week 15 

Tuesday, November 27  How to Be Happy

  • Have read:  Sternbergh, Adam. “How to Be Happy”  New York Times Magazine,  28 May. 2018, https://www.thecut.com/2018/05/how-to-be-happy.html Accessed 11 June 2018. 
  • In class: 
  • For next class: Bring 2 copies of a draft of your paper to class. 

Thursday, November 29 Peer Editing

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

Week 16  

Tuesday, December 4  How can you live the good life?

  • Discovery Lecture Paper due

In class:

Thursday, December 6  

  • Final Paper due!
  • Source of wonderment presentations 17: Nina 
  • Class celebration
  • Course evaluation
  • Review your definition of the good life from the 1st day of class

 

 
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