Folk Art, Folk Craft, and Material Culture

ANT 3268 3 Quarter Hours
Course Level CPS - Undergraduate Quarter
Description Introduces major analytic approaches and issues in the study of traditional expressive behavior that employs artifacts. Examines how the costumes, cars, food, ritual accoutrements, and other objects of diverse religious, ethnic, age, and gender groups are used to construct and maintain individual and collective identity. Covers traditional art, craft, and technology as historic resource; the typology and transmission of artifacts; objects in relation to culture; and the processes of material behavior. Offers students the opportunity to explore such questions as how people use material expression to adapt to the environment and articulate world view, values, and social relations; how objects function as aspects of the culture of groups in contact; and how folk art is used as a cultural resource for personal expression.


Students should refer to the CPS Prerequisite Table for course prerequisite and corequisite information.


Course Sections

There are no current sections scheduled for this course. Undergraduate course numbers changed beginning with the Fall 2016 term. Please make sure you are using the current course number.
Next Term Starts
  • Summer Graduate
    Jul 10, 2017 (4-, 6-, and 8-week classes)
    Aug 7, 2017 (4-week classes)
  • Fall Undergraduate
    Sep 4, 2017 (7.5- and 15-week classes)
    Oct 25, 2017 (7.5-week classes)
  • Fall Graduate
    Sep 18, 2017 (6- and 12-week classes)
    Oct 30, 2017 (6-week classes)

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