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Students in the Material Culture program work with artefacts with origins from antiquity to the present, as encountered in the museum or everyday life. Students learn a variety of disciplinary and theoretical approaches to objects. They consider objects in their social and cultural life as well as in contexts of preservation, representation, aesthetic and economic use. Students work with artefacts both inside and outside the classroom. Courses in the program feature opportunities for critical discussion and for lab learning, work in archives and collections, and encounters with objects in commercial, everyday and ritual settings.This Minor complements Major programs in such disciplines as Asian Studies, Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Geography, History, Art, History of Science and Technology, Semiotics, Renaissance Studies and Anthropology. Students may use their Major or Specialist programs as a base for their study of material culture. They can personalize their program in part through pursuing available Internship possibilities.

 

Program Contacts

Professor Michael Chazan
Program Coordinator
mchazan@chass.utoronto.ca
Chris de Barros
Academic Liaison Officer 
vic.academics@utoronto.ca

Program Requirements

To acquire a Minor in the Material Culture Program, you'll need to complete a total of 4.0 Full Course Equivalents (FCEs), including at least 1.0 FCE at the 300+ level. 

Please note:

  • Only 1.0 FCEs (at most) from the 100 Level will be counted towards your total
  • Up to 1.0 FCEs may be chosen from approved courses offered by other departments (see list of Cognate Courses below)
Requirement 1 | Introductory Material Culture courses

Complete VIC224Y1/VIC225Y1

Requirement 2 | Upper-year courses

You must complete 2.5 FCEs from the list below, with at least 0.5 FCEs at the 300+ level.

  • VIC224Y1 (if not used to fulfill requirement 1)
  • VIC225Y1 (if not used to fulfill requirement 1)
  • VIC229H1
  • VIC229Y1
  • VIC326H1
  • VIC328H1
  • VIC329H1
  • VIC329Y1
  • or cognate courses (see below) up to a limit of 1.0 FCEs.

You must also complete VIC444H1.

Cognate Courses

List of cognate courses:

ANT349H1
ANT372H1
ANT412H1
ANT457H1
ARH309H1
EAS219H1
EAS297H1
EAS354H1
EAS406Y1
EAS412H1
FAH205H1
FAH319H1
FAH338H1
FAH353H1
FAH436H1
FAH463H1
FAH480H1
FAH483H1
FAH484H1
HIS302H1
HIS310H1
HIS358H1
HIS463H1
HIS484H1
HPS202H1
HPS401H1
HPS430H1
HPS431H1
NMC264H1
NMC394H1
NMC464H1
RLG305H1
RLG307H1

Victoria College Courses

  • Students who achieve at least 77% in Vic One courses VIC183H1 or VIC184H1 may count one of these toward the Minor and use it to fulfil this requirement