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An introduction to material culture

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This free course, An introduction to material culture, introduces the study of material culture. It asks why we should study things and outlines some basic approaches to studying objects.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand what material culture is
  • understand the origin of material culture as an area of study in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century
  • understand the concepts of 'object biography' and the 'life cycles' of things.

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