JUNIOR SEMINAR: FAKES
2013/2014, Semester 1
Non-Faculty-Based Departments (Tembusu College)
Modular Credits: 4
In this junior seminar, students will examine the significance of various kinds of false appearances such as counterfeits, forgeries, hoaxes, and liars, together with attempts to expose them – sometimes with the help of sophisticated technologies. By critically examining what it means to designate an object, practice or person as ‘fake’, and how different kinds of fakes are judged as more or less problematic, students will develop the capacity to think critically and relationally about deep-seated human desires for ‘truth’ and ‘value’.
In the 2013 edition of the seminar, the main emphasis will be on human relations with fakes (or suspected fakes) in the worlds of art, consumer goods, science and medicine. By examining cases and examples, students are encouraged to develop their ability to think critically about fake-versus-real as a binary opposition.
Please see the 'syllabus' in the Workbin and the 'lesson plan' for further details.