Embodied Histories (PRFM3604)


Can we investigate and understand historical moments and social movements through a study of dancing bodies? In this unit we will be looking at popular dance practices in western cultures over time. From the Charleston, the Lindy and Jive, through musical comedy and jazz, to gogo, disco and hip hop we will develop an understanding of the relationship between movement, music, time and place. This will be done through a combination of observation and practical participation. No previous dance training is required.

Further unit of study information


1x2hr seminar/week, 1x1hr workshop/week


1x1000wd Essay (40%), 1x3500wd Essay (60%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

PRFM2601 and PRFM2602



Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.