Credits: 5

Schedule: 12.04.2018 - 17.05.2018

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Annamari Vänskä

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

V (2018)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After having completed the course the students are capable of explaining and reflecting on how practices and theories of fashion have been shaped and changed since the emergence of the modern fashion system in the 19th century. The aim of the course is to advance the students’ understanding of fashion as a global, cultural and personal phenomenon by exploring the various cultures of fashion. The student will be able to explain and to evaluate the key theoretical developments of fashion, the role of fashion in culture and society, and the ways in which aspects of identity are constructed and informed by fashion.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This seminar course investigates fashion as a critical cultural practice through theoretical texts and empirical examples. It provides students with understanding of fashion as a globally dispersed cultural and personal phenomenon. The course provides students with knowledge about the diverse fields, theories and practices of fashion and its development since the emergence of the modern fashion system in the 19th century. Central themes include fashion as a system including processes of industrialisation and post-industrialisation, democratisation of fashion, fashion and everyday life, mediatisation of fashion, fashion, art and curating, and fashion as an embodied practice in identity-formation including class, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course consists of lectures accompanied by small-group seminar discussions, film viewings, and visits. The lecturer will give an account of the subject, approximately 60 minutes after which
students will participate in the discussion first in small groups and overall discussion. In order to be able to understand the lecture and to participate in the ensuing discussion, the students will

  • Read texts before each lecture & seminar and write a reaction paper on them
  • Find relevant examples pertaining to each read theme and bring them to class
  • Prepare 1–3 comments on the most important points of each theme based on the read texts and bring them to class


PASSING THE COURSE
Students can choose to complete either 5 or 10 cr.

To complete 5 cr the student will:

  • Write a reaction paper on each read text
  • Find relevant examples on the themes discussed in class
  • Participate actively in class-room discussions
  • Write a reflective learning diary


To complete 10 cr the student will:

  • Write a reaction paper on each read text
  • Find relevant examples on the themes discussed in class
  • Participate actively in class-room discussions
  • Use the course material to outline a personal research plan or a group project depending on the student’s background. Group work can include but is not restricted to outlining a concept for an exhibition, experimental fashion collection or an activist endeavour.


DISCUSSIONS DURING CLASS

The course consists of lectures and ensuing seminar discussions. During the lectures the students will be introduced to the theme of each particular class. After the lecture, the students are divided into small-groups and expected to discuss each read text and their main points. After small-group discussions, each group presents their main points to the whole class. In order to be able to participate in the discussion, the students are expected to read texts before each class. Students who fail to participate in lectures and discussions will not be able to complete the course. The lectures and seminar sessions are followed by visits to relevant sites (such as exhibitions) or accompanied by film viewings that pertain to the topic.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

135 h (5 cr) or 270 h (10 cr):

  • Lectures, seminars, visits and film viewings: 40 h
  • Personal learning time: 15h (assigned for reading & reflecting the course materials)
  • Assignment A (for passing 5 cr): writing a reflective learning diary 73 h
  • Assignment B (for passing 10 cr): developing a research plan (individual) or ideating a concept (group assignment) 220 h including tutoring.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Reading package that will be posted electronically in the courses’s MyCourses-course site.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0-5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

in weboodi

 

The order of priority for admitting students to courses at Aalto ARTS 1.1.2018 onwards (approved by The Committee of Arts, Design and Architecture on 10.10.2017)

The order of priority is as follows:

  1. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have scheduled it for the current academic year in their personal study plan (HOPS);
  2. exchange students for whom the course is a part of his/her officially approved learning agreement and scheduled to be taken during the current semester;
  3. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have not completed it yet;
  4. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and has been scheduled in the student's PSP (HOPS) for the current academic year
  5. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
  6. students for whom the course is compulsory for their minor;
  7. students, for whom the course is part of his/her minor subject’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
  8. students who have applied for the course through a student mobility scheme (internal mobility within Aalto University, flexible study right (JOO) studies etc.);
  9. other students.

 

Courses that are intended to be multidisciplinary (e.g. UWAS courses) may apply an order of priority based on the learning outcomes of the course, while bearing in mind the university obligation of enabling students to complete their degrees within the normative duration of study set for the degree. The order of priority does not apply to courses organised by the Centre for General Studies or doctoral courses.

This decision on the order of priority does not influence the right of the teacher to define prerequisites for the course.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course is for master students. Max. 25 students

1st priority: Master’s degree students of Fashion Collection Design programme, in the order or registration
2nd priority: Other Master’s degree students of the Design department
3rd  priority: Other Master’s Students of Aalto University
4th priority: JOO-students

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