Course Syllabus: Kinesics 101 - Learn to Read Body Language


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Course Description

Reading Body Language, Using it to Your Advantage


Having the ability to read body language can go a long way in helping you throughout your life. You can learn to understand the cues, or signs, that people show when they tell a lie, or when they are unsure of themselves. Knowing what to look for and how to use this information can be helpful in your personal life, as well as in your career. Being able to read body language can help you ace a job interview. It can make a date go smoother and it can help you excel at reaching your goals. 

 In this course you will learn what body language is, about different emotions, how to read body language and how to use the information to your personal and career advantage. You'll learn about cultural differences as it pertains to body language, the power of first impressions and intuition and how to ask the questions and be an active listener when you get responses. Don't shake another hand until you have learned all you can from the information in this course!

Course Requirements

Anyone who's interested in learning about how to read body language is welcome to enroll in this class. No previous experience is required.

Course Goals

Ø  How certain gestures, eye contact and other non-verbal forms of communication can be a indicator of what a person is thinking.

Ø  The posture, angles and expressions that can be read by another person.

Ø  The concept of body language as it relates to babies and children.

Ø  How the arms, legs, eyes, head and posture can be used to determine what a person is feeling.

Ø  Eye contact, nail biting, and facial expressions are just a few of the ways you can read body language.

Ø  How to use your body language to aid in a job search.

Ø  How body language skills are used in professional settings

Ø  How body language will help with that  first impression.

Ø  The relationship between intuition and body language.

Ø  How our self esteem effects our body language and how others perceive us.

Course Materials

All course materials are provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources.

Grading Policy

A brief quiz and  assignment will follow each lesson. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Course Topics

Lesson 1: Introduction to Body Language

Lesson 2: Body Language Basics

Lesson 3: Body Language Varying By Group

Lesson 4: Body Language That Displays Different Emotions

Lesson 5: How to Read Body Language

Lesson 6: Using Body Language to Your Personal Advantage

Lesson 7: Using Body Language in Your Career

Lesson 8: Discovering Patterns

Lesson 9: The Power of First Impressions

Lesson 10: Asking the Right Questions, Listening to the Answers

Lesson 11: The Power of Intuition

Lesson 12: Self Reflection

Lesson 13: Supplemental Information

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe basics behind reading body language.
  • Describe variations in body language of different groups.
  • Identify and describe body language that displays different emotions.
  • Know body reading techniques and clues.
  • Know using body language to your personal advantage and to help your career.
  • Identify patterns in a person's body language and interpret what they mean.
  • Recognize and use the power of intuition.
  • Perform self reflection on yourself and analyze your own body language messages, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

An Introduction1
Assignment 1: Analyze Someone's Body Language2
Lesson 1 Exam15
Lesson 2 Exam20
Lesson 3 Exam20
Assignment 4: Reading Body Language2
Lesson 4 Exam20
Lesson 5 Exam19
Lesson 6 Exam19
Lesson 7 Exam18
Assignment 8: Identifying Body Language Patterns2
Lesson 8 Exam19
Lesson 9 Exam19
Lesson 10 Exam19
Lesson 11 Exam19
Lesson 12 Exam20
Total Points:234
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