Course Description

Course Name

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

Session: VCPF3121

Hours & Credits

24 Host University Units

Prerequisites & Language Level

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.

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


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 content subject to change