|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 1|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Ever thought about how we actually see, hear, taste, smell and touch? How do musicians, dancers, artists, athletes, martial artists and yoga practitioners do what they do? And how does this relate to findings and hidden secrets in scientific research about the body and the brain?
In an increasingly global and collaborative world the need to have a knowledge of the whole, the interconnections between disciplines, their languages and approaches, histories and cultural expressions, is essential to understanding 21st century problems and creating practical and innovative solutions.
This subject explores the intricate links and parallels between the arts, science, philosophy, architecture, mysticism, medicine (both western and eastern), law, and economics, through understandings of the human body. The VCA campus provides a unique classroom environment for this subject, with a teaching staff of working artists, academics and guest speakers, all experts in their fields.
Underpinning The Secret Life of the Body is recognition of the value of interdisciplinarity and the role it plays in understanding critical vocabularies and new areas of research. The focus on the exchange of ideas between students and teachers across the schools and campuses, shapes the range of issues that the human body presents to us, in all the ways that we experience it - intellectually, personally, kineaesthetically and in multi disciplinary forms.
Intended learning outcomes
The Poetics of the Body aims to:
- Introduce students to historical representations and interpretations of the body;
- Familiarize students with a range of discipline-specific technical and theoretical terms by bringing them into plain English to facilitate communication;
- Enrich student’s vocabularies and to explore a range of assumptions within disciplines, eg: the “objectivity” of science verses the “subjectivity” of aesthetic judgement;
- Provide the ground for new modes of understanding and representation of the body;
- Integrate practice with theory through aligning studio/laboratory with lecture/tutorial based learning;
- Contribute to and enrich current debate on the human body;
- Engage students with culturally diverse practices and customs associated with the body;
At the completion of the Poetics of the Body subject students should be able to:
- Exhibit a sound working knowledge of the role of the human body across its various discipline specific domains;
- Demonstrate interpretive abilities across a range of academic disciplines;
- Confidently communicate, both orally and in writing, opinions, ideas and observations with regard to theory and practice of the body, in group and individual situations;
- Participate effectively as a team member in interdisciplinary projects with a shared focus;
- Embody an informed respect for the principles, protocols, discipline and ethics of interdisciplinary scholarship and practice;
- Demonstrate capacities for scholarly analysis and artistic imagination, creativity, transformation and interpretation;
- Contribute to a range of disciplines as collaborators and leaders;
- Contribute in an informed and considered manner to current scientific and ethical debates on the human body.
Eligibility and requirements
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- Intellectual Journal: (30%) the journal will serve as repository for ideas taken from lectures, tutorial/ workshops, readings from the Course Reader, as well as performances, exhibitions and museum visits. Students will map and connect ideas encountered in this subject to their main disciplines. The journal should reflect each students growing intellectual curiosity and capacity to link specific themes to their broader context. Diversity of writing, graphic notation and imaging will be encouraged. The journal is also a place to record the different vocabularies and definitions encountered in lectures.
- Project: (40%) project to include both theoretical and practical components . Students will select from a menu of projects.
- Group Presentation: (30%) Students will form small groups to present to the tutorial group some of the key ideas from the weeks reading from the Course Reader.
Dates & times
- Semester 1
Principal coordinator David Shea Mode of delivery On Campus — Southbank Contact hours 3 hours per week for 12 weeks Total time commitment 136 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
Semester 1 contact information
- Semester 2
Principal coordinator Elizabeth Presa Mode of delivery On Campus — Southbank Contact hours 3 hours per week for 12 weeks Total time commitment 136 hours Teaching period 29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019 Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019 Census date 31 August 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 27 September 2019 Assessment period ends 22 November 2019
Semester 2 contact information
Time commitment details
Recommended texts and other resources
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
- Breadth options
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.