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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Embodiment, Education and the Arts
Module Code AP303
School 73
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Paula Murphy
Semester 2: Paula Murphy
Autumn: Paula Murphy
Module TeachersPaula Murphy
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module will focus on the relationship between embodiment, drama education and the arts. The strategies and methodologies used will focus initially on developing an embodied and holistic awareness in the person of the student teacher, which will have implications not only for approaches to curriculum, but also for his/her quality of presence, relationship and communication in the classroom. Drawing on the field of somatic movement education, the sessions will initially focus on explorations in movement and the senses. As the weeks progress, participants will observe the impact of these explorations in pedagogical or performative applications.

Learning Outcomes

1. • Engage with his/her experience of the body-mind continuum through the principles and practices of somatic education.
2. • Identify somatic principles of particular relevance to creativity and arts education.
3. • Interrogate the relationship between his/her personal and professional experience in the context of principles of somatic education
4. • Reference his/her experience in the context of recommended literature in the field.
5. Explore the role of the outdoors in the somatic education process.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars22No Description
Assignment Completion103No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Augusto Boal: 1992, Games for Actors and Non-actors, Routledge, London, 9780415061551
  • Patrice Baldwin: 2012, With Drama in Mind, A&C Black, 9781441169358
  • Mike Fleming,John O'Toole,Liora Bresler: 2017, The Routledge International Handbook of the Arts and Education, 'Signs, Meanding and Embodiment', Routledge, 9781138577275
  • Paula Murphy,Margaret O'Keeffe: 2006, Discovering Drama, 4, Gill Education, Dublin, 9780717139347
  • Margaret Robertson,Rod Gerber: 2001, Children's Ways of Knowing, Children and drama; knowing differently, Acer Press, 0864313497
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BEDBachelor of Education

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