Introductory Seminar for Martial Arts (PE 64) [2 units]
"Cultural, Historical, philosophical, and Social Impact of Martial Arts"


One semester of PE level 1 Taekwondo, Judo, or equivalents.

Course Format:

Two 1-hour lectures per week.

Course Syllabus:

PE 64 course syllabus Spring 2015

Course Description:

This course is designed for students who wish to learn historical and cultural contexts in which various martial arts emerged; how they have been influenced by historical, philosophical, cultural, social, political, educational, and other developments; what functions they once performed; and what place they hold in contemporary societies. It also will include what recent research is discovering regarding their physiological, psychological, and dimensions and what they may contribute to physical and mental health. An essential component of such marital arts as Judo and Taekwondo is the development of strong moral and ethical values. A third goal of this class is to develop students to learn why and how this developed and to be able to use this information in bettering their own lives. This class will give an overall understanding of martial arts' history, philosophy, and cultural implications. Related to be the lecture part of the course there will be reading assignments, observing selected martial arts classes and audio-visual materials to have better understanding. Students may choose a class from Taekwondo, Yongmudo, Judo or Kumdo class for observing classes. As appropriate for selected topics, there may be an occasional guest lecturer, such as an individual who has an advanced degree in psychology or both psychology and appropriate training in martial arts.

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