MCST402 . Research and writing seminar in material culture studies
In this seminar, students enhance their research and writing skills by studying the relationship between people and their things. They read a variety of texts that deepen their understanding about the meaning of stuff as interpreted in the literature of material culture studies theory and history, in memoirs and fiction, and in such venues as museums and historical societies. They also take advantage of the many resources locally in material culture, including visits to collectors and collections on and near campus, with particular emphasis on the resources of Special Collections in the University library. The Rockwood Archives in that collection provided the basis for the 77 E. Main exhibit, which was researched and installed by students in the seminar as a collaborative project. Students also conduct research individually on an object of their choice, applying concepts and skills they have developed in the seminar. Throughout the seminar, they enhance their communication skills by writing many different forms of documents and giving oral presentations in class.
Friends of Rockwood [http://www.friendsofrockwood.org/ ]
Center for Material Culture Studies [http://www.materialculture.udel.edu/]
Rockwood Museum [http://www2.nccde.org/rockwood/default.aspx]
Thank You to Aunt Margaret’s Antique Mall, LLC [http://www.auntmargaretsantiquemall.com/] for the items loaned to the exhibit
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