Body Language - Civic Education Project

Dr Jan F. Jacko,
Jagiellonian University
Email: [email protected]
Tel. 0048 (50) 39 43 871
Box 53, Krakow 1
Lecture/Seminar (30 hours)
Body Language
A. Elements of theory
1. Definitions of “body language”
2. From the history of the notion of body language
3. The historical survey of the scientific investigations of body language
4. Crucial “sub-codes” of body language
5. Cultural and sub-cultural dimension of body language, justification of the distinction
6. Procsemics
7. Kinesis
8. Postures and their meanings
9. Analysis of the meaning of hand expression
10. Mimicry – analysis of the meaning and functions
11. The role of body language for the interpersonal communication
12. Interpretation and over-interpretation of the meaning of body language
B. Practice: Examples and exercises
The skills of empathy
a. Hints that help to interpret
- attitudes
- mimicry
- dynamics of the movement
- directions of the body (the chest, feet)
- coherence of movements
- eyes movements
b. Hints that help to detect illusions and “lies”
c. How to avoid wrong generalisations (the individuality and the concrete situation)
d. How to avoid an over-interpretation
e. Exercises of watching – theatrical examples and discussion
Expression skills
a. Exercises of intonation
b. Exercises of attitudes
c. Exercises of hands
Body language and concrete situations
a. Conflicts
b. Dialogue
c. Group
- Public speech
- Integration of a group
- Group hierarchy
d. Body language in advertisement (TV, newspapers, etc.)
Using some means of expression
a. The space
b. Hands
Pantomime – examples and exercise of some techniques of theatrical expression (professional mime-actors
will be invited)
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