During the second and third term I have been studying ‘Learning to Look at: The Body’. Throughout the course of the two terms I really enjoyed the topic. I found that I was always engaged and interested in all the sessions. I believe this topic has helped me in a number of ways; it helped me to look at the wider world and things very close to me with a more open-minded approach and see things in a way that I didn’t before, looking at them as an individual rather than following socially constructed views. I also found that it helped me to consider new and exciting ideas within my own subject area, such as how ‘The Body’ reacts to different spaces and how that experience is different for everyone, although sceptical at first how this would fit into my subject area, I know can see a whole new stream of ideas of how I can apply this to Interior Design. It also helped to give me theory behind these ideas and theories that I can apply to my everyday life, and in my course.
Throughout this course I have felt that I have been able to develop my knowledge on a subject that I was interested in, however had never studied or had a lot of information on. ‘The Body’ has always been very important to me and interested me greatly. I have been able to explore some of the social constructions that exist and look at them in a different way. As a group we were also exposed to a lot of different clips and images of different roles models that break socially constructed values and opinions and do things their own way. This didn’t just inspire me academically but as a person too.
This however was not the only valuable things that I have taken away from this course. Through the work of out tutor I have been able to develop skills such as my creative writing, academic reading and essay writing. These are all things that I have felt as more of a creative person that I have struggled with, not being able to express myself through writing by rather using other creative forces to. Using the sessions every week I have hugely developed these skills, this is now something that I will take me and be able to use them and feel a lot more confident in the future. We as a group were encouraged to do a lot of academic reading and then rewriting this to help with essay writing, this is by far the best thing I could have done and wish I had been earlier encouraged to do this as it hugely developed my writing, and a skill I used through writing this essay.
Although my writing I feel has developed I did feel that I struggled with starting my essay. This is because I couldn’t find a way in which I was happy with that linked this subject to my course of Interior Design. I could make links such as, how the body reacts within different spaces or how each individual person experiences everything differently, however none that I could find enough research and reading on to create a whole essay from and the thought of not having enough to write about, panicked me. So, I decided to write about Women in sport and how they are represented; this is something that I am interested in, and I was able to find a lot of information about this subject. I was also attracted to write about this subject as one of my personal heroines is Kathrine Switzer, she was the first women to run the Boston marathon and faced a lot of discrimination and set back in her life however she was strong and ran to help other women fulfil their potential. I was excited at the opportunities to write about her as I am inspired by what she has achieved. Through writing this essay I have been able to look at lots of other women like her and be inspired by them to. I still found that I struggled with my writing, I took in all the advice I had been given through lectures about essay writing and I have tried to produce the best outcome possible. However, I am not completely satisfied with my writing as I feel that I am still learning and haven’t done enough reading yet to be able to write I as well one day will able to be. I also found that I struggled to fully understand all the theories mentioned within the lectures such as the panopticon affect, so I had to do some extra reading to get an understanding on this. Personally, I struggled with keeping up in all lectures, writing notes, not just from the board as I was able to access all that information online, but I found keeping up with verbal notes hard as a lot of what was being said was more valuable than what written down on the board. I am taking some personal steps to help me keep up with writing in lectures and not allowing me to miss out on that information.
Not only do I feel writing this essay has helped me academically with essay writing and my academic reading, but I feel that the content to the lectures has really helped to develop my thinking about ‘The Body’ and how it is seen within society.
I know to develop my skills further now, that I have learnt on this course I need to read more, especially academic books. This will hopefully help me to develop my skills of writing and reading from academic books. I also know to use the library more and not rely on what is online, as I have found that the best information from my essay come from books and not online. Next constellation I know I will be able to transfer the skills I have learnt through this subject and they will help me greatly in developing and improving my work.