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Syllabus on Appearance and Human Behavior

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Course Description

Students engage in a multidisciplinary framework in considering the social and cultural importance of the body and dress. Course content covers the social and psychological aspects of appearance and dress as it relates to the individual, society, and culture.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to develop the ability to critically analyze the meanings of body and dress. Specifically, they will be able to:

  • Begin to understand the importance of cultural, social, historical, and economic context in interpreting the meaning of body and dress.
  • Understand the relationship between self and appearance.
  • Explore the role of appearance in human interaction as a form of nonverbal communication.
  • Recognize the factors that influence our choices of appearance.
  • Explore how appearance is a social process and understand the impact of social change on culture and appearance.
Required Textbook

The meanings of dress.2nd Edition (Damhorst, M.L., Miller, K.A., & Michelman, S.O., 2005, New York: Fairchild Publications), 2005.

Other Reading

  • Will be available on the class website (EKU)


Component Percentage
Participation 10%
Individual Assignments 30%
Group Project 20%
Examination(Midterm+Final) 40%



Copyright 2009, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource. Lee, Y. J., kuocw. (2009, October 27). Syllabus. Retrieved February 01, 2015, from Korea University OpenCourseWare Web site: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons License