Course code Peda5010

Credit points 2

Body Culture

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures8

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes24

Date of course confirmation05.04.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Education and Home Economics

Course developers


Līga Damberga

Mg. paed.


Ludis Pēks

Dr. paed.

Course abstract

In the Body culture course students develop knowledge and skills of body and psyche interactions, about holism principle of pedagogy, philosophy and psychology. The theory, which emphasizes the importance of body, is discussed: nonverbal communication, H. Gardner multiple intelligences theory, neurolinguistic programming, drama, dance and body therapy, euritmy. There are looked over and analyzed problems as well as promoted the students skill to find, formulate, evaluate and solve problems. Practical work emphasizes skill development and self-reflection.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge: to be able to understand the theory that focuses on the importance of body and to be able to describe and assess the bodily kinesthetic exercises, methods and techniques. Skills to use knowledge in designing the methodology for teaching and extracurricular activities; team work. Competences: to be able to evaluate and use a variety of bodily-oriented techniques and methods in teaching; to be able to choose exercises and techniques for the group consolidating, introductory class, stress management, extracurricular activities and for better learning of curriculum in accordance with situation; to be able to analyze methods for different types of perception and learning styles; to be able to assess non-verbal communication of their own and others; to be able to cooperate with members of the group addressing the creative challenges with a positive impact on their own and group's performance.

Compulsory reading

1. Pīzs A. Ķermeņa valoda. Rīga: Jumava, 2006, 115 lpp.
2. Cultural encyclopedia of the body. 2 Vol. Edited by Victoria Pitts-Taylor. Westport, Connecticut. London : Greenwood Press, 2008. 577 p. Ir LLU FB 1 eks
3. Ozoliņa Nucho A., Vidnere M. Stresa menedžments: pārvarēšana un profilakse. Rīga: AGB, 2004., 176 lpp.
4. Beattie G. Visible Thought : the new psychology of body language. Routledge, 2004. 206 p.

Further reading

1. Ieskats holistisko terapiju formās SIA “Izglītības soļi”, 2003. 143 lpp.
2. The idea of creativity Edited by Michael Krausz, Denis Dutton, and Karen Bardsley. Leiden; Boston : Brill, 2009. 346 p.
3. Росси В. Жизнь в движении: Система Рио Абьепто. Москва: Этепна, 2009, 256 с.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Psiholoģijas Pasaule: PP. Rīga: Daro Cēsis, 2003- ISSN 1691-0435.