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Postgraduate Course: Body Talk: Embodiment, Physical Dialogue and Authentic Movement (CNST11053)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will integrate theoretical learning with experiential work through movement improvisation and Authentic Movement techniques, deepening the academic learning through reading and discussion with personal experience of emotional expression through movement. Personal experience will thus inform the learning of a technical skill base in movement analysis and understanding of self. Building skills from their own movement experience will also develop the students? sensitivity to and empathy for others. Authentic Movement has, at its core, a Mover and a Witness; arguably two essential elements in any therapeutic interaction. Laban Movement Analysis has, at its core, a non-judgemental framework that analyses movement in movement terms; specifically, movement experience and symbols are used to capture the movement quality observed.
Course description This course involves students in working with theories and practices of Laban Movement Analysis and connect these with both counselling and psychotherapy and with their own experience.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 100, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 76 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 4,000 to 5,000 word essay analysing a key theme in movement analysis with reference to professional practice and personal experience, integrating relevant research and literature.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Display a critical undersgetanding of the Laban Movement Analysis framework and the ability to integrate this framework to their professional practice, including engament with relevant research.
  2. Articulate and reflect on their emotional experience from a physical, bodily felt experience, with increased awareness of preferred movement styles.
  3. Display an increased sensitivity to and awareness of the non-verbal communication of others.
  4. Use visual material (eg film recordings) to explicate relevant questions and concepts, demonstrating sensitivity to the ethical practices and implications of using such material.
  5. Analyse body movement as an indication of inner processes and mental health and well-being.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Identify, conceptualise and define new and abstract problems and issues.

Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in a subject/discipline/sector.

Communicate with peers and specialists.

Take responsibility for own work.

Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional and equivalent activities.
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Course organiserMrs Alexia Gaitanou
Course secretaryMs Krystal Hanley
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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