Aesthetics in Human Movement


What is the course about?

Historically humans have always been curious and fascinated by movement potentials of animals and the human kind. With the advance of technology, it is now possible to capture and view human movements in many different ways. Photography, being one of the most prevalent ways in capturing movements, will be used as a medium in discovering why people find certain human movements pleasing and attractive while others appear awkward or even repulsive.

This course starts with a basic understanding of how humans process and interpret visual images. Drawing upon principles of aesthetics and the art of movement, students will be guided in exploring body movement first-hand. Students will move and stretch their bodies and create short movement sequences. They will also explore how movement aesthetics interact with the social and psychological dispositions of the viewer.

The aesthetic elements in human movements as seen in motor skills such as sport and dance will be scrutinized with the aids of photography and critical analysis. Through hands-on experience, students will explore how to use basic photography techniques in capturing aesthetic images with specific motifs. The scope of investigation, however, will not be limited to photography; the strengths and limitations of different means in portraying human movements aesthetically, socially, and culturally will also be discussed and analyzed. This course aims to help students see how human movement aesthetics is as much a social as a physical experience.

Course Code Offering Department(s) Area of Learning Units & Hours
GDCV1917 PE & AF COMM/VA (3,2,1NOTE)
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Notes for GDCV1917/GDSS1917:

  • Students will be divided into 2 groups and each group will attend 2-hour tutorials every other week.
IGEThis is an interdisciplinary GE (IGE) course.
  1. One IGE course is listed for more than 1 area of learning. You can decide which area of learning you would like the course to fulfill, by enrolling in the course with the corresponding course code.

Notes for all GE courses:

  • You can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses from any categories as electives.