MOVEMENT ANALYSIS III: DEEPENING SOMATICS AND THEORIES OF EMBODIMENT - 2019/0
Module code: DAN2036
This module introduces students to the basic theories and
practices of somatic body work - drawing from an
established cannon of movement practitioners in modern
and contemporary dance which has applications across
dance, dance therapy, physical therapy, acting and
industrial labour. Students on the course gain theoretical
knowledge of the history of embodiment practices and the
varied developments and applications of movement analysis in performance and therapy. Students develop
applied practical knowledge of a specific set of
embodiment practices. Deepening the work developed in
strands one to three, specific movement techniques are
interrogated and developed in the context of more
advanced understanding of the relevant theories of
embodiment underpinning the work.
Guildford School of Acting
HANN R Dr (GSA)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
JACs code: W500
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
Historical and contextual study of various modes of somatic practice including LMA, Body Mind Centering, Alexander, Bartenieff, Feldenkrais, Don Hanlon-Johnson, Thomas Hanna, Sondra Fraleigh, Anna Halprin and other somatic theorists/practitioners Practical introduction to specific somatic methods Elementary bodywork techniques in specific context of applied somatic practice Ethics, communication and emotional responses of human movement to environment, imagination and society Introduction to established applications of somatic practice towards performance and wellbeing outcomes for the movement therapy sector
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
Portfolio (equivalent 3000 words).
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:
embodied knowledge of the subject presenting practical tasks in class and as preparation for the sessions to evidence their knowledge and understanding of specialised terminology, historical context and practical application and how they have refined their analytical skills
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Practical Assessment (50%): practical demonstration of integrated understanding of theory and practice of a particular aspect of human movement as it relates to somatic body work, human expression of emotion and/or well-being and health (week 10) Written Assessment: Essay (2000 words) (50%): critical reflection on somatic movement analysis and theories of embodiment encountered on the course (week 12-14)
Assessment Deadlines: Week 10 & 12-14.
Formative assessment and feedback
Formative assessment and oral feedback are provided inclass throughout the module to prepare the two summative assessments in week 10 and 12-14.
- To deepen students understanding of human movement
and embodiment, and its related socio-cultural theories.
- To enhance previous learning in somatics, movement
analysis and performance studies introducing an advanced
theoretical framework for analysis.
- To provide a context for the use of somatic practice and
applied analysis of movement across dance and
performance studies, movement therapy and wellbeing.
- To develop intermediate level skills in applied somatic
|001||Demonstrate a specific set of somatic tools and techniques for movement||KPT|
|002||Analyse movement patterns as somatic functions expressive of human emotion with specific and direct modes of application for both performance practice and wellbeing||KCPT|
|003||Contextualise somatic knowledge across historical and applied perspectives||KC|
|004||Critically reflect on knowledge systems of the body and related theories of embodiment in written, verbal and applied formats.||KCPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 84
Lecture Hours: 22
Seminar Hours: 22
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
achieve an integration of practical and theoretical understandings of somatic practice, connecting this across the curriculum to movement analysis, choreography, pedagogy and wellbeing. In application of a set of somatic tools students gain a basic level of proficiency as somatic practitioners with the option to study at advanced level upon successful completion of the module.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Practical workshop sessions (1x11 weeks)
Lectures (contextual and historical studies) (1x11 weeks)
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Reading list for MOVEMENT ANALYSIS III: DEEPENING SOMATICS AND THEORIES OF EMBODIMENT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/dan2036
Programmes this module appears in
|Dance BA (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.