Re-Imagining the Body


Spring 2014 quarter

Taught by

visual arts, Chinese studies, human development
Cindy Beck

This interdisciplinary program will explore how the human body was imagined by Eastern and Western cultures and how we can re-imagine the body to achieve better health and a greater sense of well-being.  In particular we will study organs and body systems, look at the ways the body was imagined in Western scientific illustration and in alchemical images, Chinese diagrams, and Tibetan paintings.  We will look at major organs and body systems from physical, physiological, and spiritual perspectives, practice medical illustration, and explore new ways of understanding and representing the interdependent work of a healthy body.  Our study will also include an introduction to energy systems and alternative medicine.

Credits will be awarded in medical illustration, cultural studies, and anatomy.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

art, health sciences, cultural studies

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening and Weekend

Advertised schedule: 5:30-9p Wed, 9a-5p Sat (Apr 5, 19, May 3, 17, June 7)


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Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online:


Date Revision
January 3rd, 2014 Added Saturday dates to schedule.

Registration Information

Credits: 8 (Spring)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 50


Course Reference Number

(8 credits): 30038

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