English III (2014/2015)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Roberto Cagliero
Roberto Cagliero
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
Academic sector
Language of instruction
II semestre dal Feb 23, 2015 al May 30, 2015.

Lesson timetable

II semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM lesson Lecture Hall T.8  
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall 2.4  

Learning outcomes

The course analyzes proxemic issues in the context of English




Argyle, Michael, “Is Nonverbal Communication a Kind of Language?”, ETC, Summer 1989, pp. 158-162

Ekman, Paul, Emotions Revealed. Understanding Faces and Feelings , New York, Times Books 2003 (Te lo leggo in faccia. Riconoscere le emozioni anche quando sono nascoste, Torino, Amrita 2008)

Ekman, Paul, Telling Lies, New York, Norton 2009 (CHAPTERS 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 e 10 ONLY)

Ekman, Paul http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/are_facial_expressions_universal

Giroux, H., “Terrorizing the Self. Selfie Culture at the Intersection of the Corporate and the Surveillance States”, Truth-Out FEBRUARY 6-8, 2015, http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/06/selfies-at-the-intersection-of-the-corporate-and-the-surveillance-states (Italian translation available at http://www.iperstoria.it/joomla/images/PDF/Numero%205%20giusto/traduzioni_inediti/intervista_giroux_int.pdf )

Hall, Edward T., The Hidden Dimension , New York, Anchor Books 1969. ONLY chapters 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 and 12 (volume available at the Frinzi library, both in English and in Italian)

Lyman, S. M. and Marvin B. Scott, “Territoriality: A Neglected Sociological Dimension”, Social Problems, Vol. 15, No. 2 (Autumn, 1967), pp. 236-249

Matsumoto, D., “Paul Ekman and the legacy of universals”, Journal of Research in Personality 38 (2004) 45–51

Prabhu, T. “Proxemics. Some Challenges and Strategies in Nonverbal Communication”, The IUP Journal of Soft Skills 4 (3), 2010, pp. 7-14

Watson, O. Michael, Proxemic Behavior. A Cross-Cultural Study, The Hague, Mouton 1970. ONLY chapters 2 and 5


Romney & Obama Body Language https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j53kLmQUpWo

Deception Analysis - Hillary Clinton Body Language Cluster https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iciIWswQJCg

Secrets of Body Language – Documentary http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/secrets-of-body-language/

Linguaggio del corpo del presidente Clinton http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fE28XMjU18

Face to Face, video in 3 parts available at:

Paul Ekman, PhD: Compassion and Emotion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46SiUAd35iA

Dr. Paul Ekman on Expression and Gesture and Their Role in Emotion and Deception - Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9i-9_QuetA

Dr. Paul Ekman on Expression and Gesture and Their Role in Emotion and Deception - Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_tlSAccoWU

Proxemics http://proxemics.weebly.com/types-of-proxemics.html

http://www.jannilla.se/tag/facial-expressions/ (recognizing facial expressions)

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/ei_quiz/#20 (recognizing facial expressions)

***PHOTOS: each student must bring to the exam 10 photos of her/his choice, to be analyzed according to the theories of proxemics and/or Ekman on emotions

***URLs no longer available must be reported via email to roberto.cagliero@univr.it at least two weeks before the exam date. After this deadline the student is responsible for finding the same video at another http address. The same applies to all essays which are part of the program.

***ADDITIONAL READING. The following are NOT part of the course’s reading list.
They are NOT required reading. They are meant to provide additional information to those interested in the topic.

Axtell, Roger, Gestures. The Do’s and Taboos of Body Language Around the World, New York, Wiley 1998 (English paperback available at amazon.it)

Ferguson, S. and Ferguson, S.D., “Proxemics and Television. The Politician’s Dilemma”, Canadian Journal of Communication

Kenner A.N. and Katsimaglis, G., “Gender Differences in Proxemics. Taxi-Seat Choice”, Psychological Reports 1993, pp. 625-626

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam for all students.
C1 in English is a pre-requisite in order to take the