Ceramic History: Global Perspectives (CER2119.01)

Yoko Inoue & Anina Major

The study of ceramics is the study of human history in all of its cultural diversity, from artisanal pottery to highly sophisticated modern product design or contemporary sculpture. This course will explore ancient, indigenous and historical ceramics with lectures and discussions around clay materials, technology, art, and culinary traditions. Students will travel the world through the lens of ceramic history, exploring the significance of clay throughout time, space and place of different continents (from Asia, Africa to the Americas). Research components include examining cultural identities, socio-economic values, and innovation of ceramics production within different craft communities.

This course will be held remotely and asynchronously. Lectures and presentations will be pre-recorded. Small group and and/or individual meetings will be required weekly; days/times will be set up between faculty and students.


Learning Outcomes:
- Evaluate and appreciate ceramics of the past and the present from different cultures to initiate a lifelong process of expanding knowledge on the diversity of perspectives in the human experience.
- Develop a heightened awareness of the physical world, the nature of the relationship of human beings to it, and our impact on it via and experience of studying ceramics.
- Actively reflect on their own questions and relationship to the ideas in the course, and on their creative and learning processes, and make connections to other areas of interest.
- Recognize their shared responsibility in cultivating an engaging, respectful, and productive learning community.



Delivery Method: Remotely accessible
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
TBA (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: One time only

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