Ontario College of Art & Design

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HUMN 3B12
Aesthetics of Well Being (NOT OFFERED IN FALL/WINTER 2011-12)
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 7.5 credits, including 1.0 credit of second-year liberal studies (including 0.5 VISC credit).
(NOT OFFERED IN FALL/WINTER 2011-12)
This is a critical investigation of the connection between aesthetics and health and illness. Appealing to both art and design students, it involves a study of visual arts, film, poetry, popular culture, advertising, green design, and architecture in relation to well being. It considers health implications in historical, contemporary, and cross-cultural themes. These include catharsis, inner and outer beauty, art as therapy, the comfort appeal of TV sitcoms, idealized beauty in advertising, the kinaesthetic response to rock music, and the transformative psychological power of dance. This course also investigates heliotherapeutic architecture, sick-building syndrome, “ensouled” construction techniques, ecopsychology, and ecological aesthetics.
Course was last updated May 31, 2011 - 11:21 AM