Envisioning the Body: Representations of the Human in Art and Visual Culture

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Envisioning the Body: Representations of the Human in Art and Visual Culture

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Art History, Studio Art, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    FIN1006F and FIN1009S or at least 2 courses in historical, social science or cultural studies offered by the Faculty of Humanities, or by permission of the Head of Department.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course explores the imaging of the body as both the subject and site of representation. With reference to
    art-historical examples, it examines some of the many ways the human body has been visualised to produce, express and represent significant cultural ideas and social forces. Furthermore it considers the powerful social role that body imagery has played in history. This will include visual representations of health and sickness, the visual commemoration of faces/bodies of power, the religious use of the human figure, and the visual tradition of the rational vs sensuous body.

    DP requirements: At least 80% attendance of tutorials and satisfactory completion of 2 assignments per semester. Late essays penalised by 5% per day ncluding weekends).

    Assessment: Coursework 50%, 2-hour examination in June 50%.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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