Dress Studies: Theory and Analysis: Designing in a Democracy

SOAD-F 406 — Fall 2020 — Themester

Course Description

T-shirts have become one of the most common styles of casual clothing in the US, worn by all ages, genders, and social classes. This course will explore the recent history of political t-shirts: how they’re made, distributed and worn, focusing on the impact of legislation and law enforcement. Students will be introduced to a variety of research skills including textual analysis, grounded theory development, oral history, and participant observation. In-class activities will include mounting an exhibit and observing voters on election day.

Instructor: Dr. Heather Akou