Getting Dressed: The Sociology of Adornment

From our choice in shoes to our jewelry, getting dressed in not simply about our personal style but is guided by social rules that both evolve and remain rigid, and have real consequences in our everyday lives. Our clothes and jewelry, even if we no longer wear them, mean something to us. Together, we break down ideas such as dressing “age appropriately,” by discussing the research, theories, and having lively debates about what we wear, why we wear it, why we keep things, and why it matters.

Dr. CARRIE YODANIS, PhD, is Associate Professor of Sociology at UBC. She recently developed and teaches a new undergraduate course, The Sociology of Creativity, and is the author of Getting Married: The Public Nature of Our Private Relationships (2016) and Getting Dressed: Conformity and Imitation in Clothing and Everyday Life (2018). 

Course Format

This course is 100% online with real-time lectures. Once a week, you participate in a live online lecture of 45–60 minutes, followed by 30–45 minutes of questions and answers with your instructor. Class times are in the Pacific Time Zone. We record every lecture in case you miss one.

Please note: Recorded lectures and course materials are available for one week only after the course ends.

You can participate in the lecture with your video turned on or off, however all students are muted to minimize ambient noise. Students can ask questions using a chat feature, and your instructor answers verbally. You can use your name or an alias when you join the lecture.

This course is hosted on Canvas Catalog, a learning management system, and delivered by Zoom, a web-based video conferencing application. One business day before the course start date, we’ll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your course.

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