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The Industry: Fashion's Impact on Society, Culture and Humanity

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Spring 2016
English 198
1 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

Fashion for many is a form of expression. It has the power to influence a person’s perception of another, and at the same time perpetuates a materialistic culture which the fashion industry in large part thrives on. Sometimes arbitrary, sometimes artistic, fashion is big business. This course seeks to examine the Fashion Industry’s impact on global culture including its societal and humanitarian effects. As a subject considered very little in academia, I hope to redirect dismissive attitudes of the industry towards one of curiosity through discussion provoking assignments and readings. The end goal is to encourage thought about fashion’s importance in the global realm. After taking this course, students will be able to  

● Analyze marketing campaigns as they seek to influence public thought and perception.

● Inform others of fashion’s involvement in everyday life, from public perceptions as well as its involvement in the media and even government.  

● Realize the importance of academic debate regarding the fashion industry and a need for discourse on the subject.

● Students will have honed their ideas and opinions about the fashion industry through discussion and analysis of its various markets and sectors. 

Assignments + Final Project: There are a few short assignments over the semester. There is a final project presentation in which you break down and analyze a fashion ad campaign of your choosing.

How to Enroll:

Send me an e-mail if you're interested in taking the class. Depending on the number of people, I'll be giving out add codes or a questionaire on the first day of class. Can't wait to see you there!

UPDATE: The first day of class is Thurs, Jan. 28. Students will need to fill out a questionnaire during class to be considered for enrollment.

Course Contact: egmoss AT berkeley.edu

Faculty Sponsor: Emily Thornbury

Time & Location:

SectionFacilitatorsSizeLocationTimeStartsStatusCCNs
Section 7Elizabeth Moss
20235 DwinelleTh 6p-7pfull

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