Apparel Merchandising / Interior Design | Cultural Aspects of Dress
H401 | 0538 | Christiansen
Meeting Day and Time T, R 4-5:15
Course Description and Content
This course is designed for students to understand human
behavior, particularly behavior with regard to dress and
appearance, from a cultural perspective. Theories of cultural
anthropology will be used to explain and understand how and
why humans dress and adorn themselves as they do. How dress
and appearance are influenced by the technology, social
structures and world view of different cultural systems will be
studied. The course focuses on cultures of the world as well as
This class will be a combination of lecture, discussion and
Required Texts and Readings
Roach-Higgins, M. E., Eicher, J. B. & Johnson, K. K. P. (1995).
Dress and Identity. New York: Fairchild Publications.
Available at IMU Bookstore.
Readings packet for course at TIS.
Outline Course Requirements
Research Project - 100 points
Article Reviews - 100 points
Participation, Discussion, Attendance, Quizzes - 100 points
Mid-Term Exam - 100 points
TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE 400 points
The research project requires either primary data collection or
use of HRAF files.