Arlene Oak, PhD, MA(RCA), BFA, BSc

Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Human Ecology Dept

Fall Term 2021 (1770)

HECOL 465 - Research Methods for Material Culture and Design Studies

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Explores how to do research into the relationships between people and objects (from clothing to buildings). Students will learn how to conduct primary research through a range of methods, approaches, and theories associated with material culture and design studies. Prerequisite: *60.

LECTURE 800 (55949)
2021-09-01 - 2021-12-07
T 14:00 - 16:50 (TBD)


HECOL 662 - Themes in Material Culture and Design Studies

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

An overview of disciplinary themes and approaches to theory and research as they relate to the interdisciplinary fields of material culture and design studies. This course raises issues that are relevant to the study of diverse objects and creative practices, from art to engineering.

SEMINAR 800 (55952)
2021-09-01 - 2021-12-07
F 09:30 - 12:20 (TBD)


HECOL 565 - Material Culture and Design Studies: Methods of Qualitative Analysis

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Explores specific qualitative research approaches, theories, and methods that relate to the fields of material culture and design studies. Students collect, examine, and interpret data concerning people's relationships with items of material culture (including design). Not to be taken if credit received for HECOL 465.

LECTURE 800 (55950)
2021-09-01 - 2021-12-07
T 14:00 - 16:50 (TBD)

Winter Term 2022 (1780)

HECOL 201 - Introduction to Material Culture

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The study of a range of objects and environments (from clothing to buildings) within selected time periods, and the study of particular perspectives through which such items can be interpreted. Students explore and learn about the connections between personal, social, temporal, and cultural contexts and the objects and environments that contribute to these contexts.

LECTURE B1 (75784)
2022-01-05 - 2022-04-08
MWF 10:00 - 10:50 (NRE 2-003)