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Body Language in Practice

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Kod przedmiotu: WFz.KPSC-8297 Kod Erasmus / ISCED: (brak danych) / (0314) Socjologia i kulturoznawstwo
Nazwa przedmiotu: Body Language in Practice
Jednostka: Katedra Porównawczych Studiów Cywilizacji
Punkty ECTS i inne: 6.00
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Język prowadzenia: angielski
Skrócony opis:

The aim of the course is to look at all aspects of the body language (non-verbal communication) in various situations in everyday life. Knowing the elements of body language and their functions one can not only improve the interpersonal communication, but also to make his/her professional life successful. Non-verbal communication is not merely replacement or accompaniment of verbal communication, but a very important complementary element of it. Specialists believe that in the situation of dissonance between the verbal and non-verbal signals referring to the same message, the latter one is true.

Pełny opis:

We will base on the research conducted by Paul Ekman, Desmond Morris, as well on the observations and analyses of body language experts (see film documents given in the section “literature”). In the second part of the course we will see, how the results of Ekman’s research were used in the series "Lie to Me". We will try to indicate inaccuracies that appear in the presented material and bring in examples from our own experience.

During the course the practical side of nonverbal communication will be emphasized - with elements of workshop. It is also intended to use multicultural environment which will be created by the participants themselves. However, it will depend on the participants of the course.

Course programme:

1. The meaning of body language.

2. Face and micro-expressions.

3. Emotions (hidden emotions).

4. Eye contact.

5. Reaction of pupils.

6. Head’s movement.

7. Shrug of shoulders.

8. Handshake.

9. Gestures (touch gestures).

10. Body posture and movement.

11. Voice – tone and speed, the way of expression.

12. Behaviour in various environments (spatial behaviour).

13. Natural and feigned behaviour.

14. Culture and body language.

15. Personal experience and body language.


Basic literature

1. Knapp, M. L., Hall, J. A.,Horgan, T. G., Nonverbal Communication in Human Interaction, eighth edition, Wadsworth 2014.

2. Ekman, P., Emotions Revealed, New York 2003.

3. Ekman, P., Telling Lies, New York 1992.

4. Ekman, P., Friesen, W. V., Unmasking the Face, Cambridge 2003.

Additional literature

1. Hall, E. T., The Hidden Dimension, New York 1990.

2. Hall, E. T., The Silent language, Garden City 1969.

3. Henley, N. M., Body politics. Power, sex & nonverbal communication, New York 1977.

Further literature will be added subsequently, depending on the subject discussed in the class.


1. The Human Face. Part 1: Face to Face (BBC – 2001) - Paul Ekman (micro-expressions), www.youtube.com/watch?v=39DEXNTYZQk

2. Desmond Morris, The Human Animal, part one: The Language of the Body, part three: The Human ZOO (1994).

3. Secrets of Body Language, produced by ITV Productions Ltd., For History, 2008 A & E Television Network.

4. Lie to Me, series created by Samuel Baum – some parts.

Efekty uczenia się:

Knowledge – at the end of the course the student should be able:

• list elements of non-verbal communication;

• indicate elements of non-verbal communication involved in every day life and explain their meaning in particular situations;

• list signs and signals that have the same or different meaning in various cultures;

• indicate behaviour common for man and animals.

Skills - at the end of the course the student should be able:

• to choose signs and signals appropriate for a particular culture and subculture in order to be properly understood and at the same time not to violate prevailing rules;

• to perceive as many as possible non-verbal signs and signals sent to the student during interpersonal communication;

• to interpret body language depending on a situation context;

• to interpret properly a verbal information in a context of non-verbal language;

• to apply the obtained knowledge while watching professionals who should be experts in body language (e.g. actors in films).

Competences - at the end of the course the student should have the following attitudes developed:

• to be aware of environmental and cultural differences which influence non-verbal communication;

• to behave and act in accordance with the rules that prevail in the culture or subculture the student will find herself/himself in;

• to be able to interpret any situation considering both verbal and non-verbal communications;

• to try to send unambiguous signs and signals;

• to clarify ambiguous signs and signals.

Metody i kryteria oceniania:

Written examination (two dates) at the end of the winter semester in the period stated in the regulations of the Jagiellonian University.

The student can take the examination, if s/he participated in the course actively and performed the task agreed at the beginning of the course.

The participants of the course are kindly requested to come to the first meeting, because there will be given the detailed conditions of the course completion. The realisation of the course programme will start at the first meeting.

Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr zimowy 2019/2020" (zakończony)

Okres: 2019-10-01 - 2020-01-28
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Typ zajęć: Konwersatorium, 60 godzin, 20 miejsc więcej informacji
Koordynatorzy: Bożena Gierek
Prowadzący grup: Bożena Gierek
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