CULT207-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Constructing Bodies

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018

Description

This course examines a variety of body modification and management practices, such as cosmetic surgery, sexual enhancement technologies and body piercing, and considers the ways in which particular forms of embodiment challenge common understandings about bodies, gender and sexuality.

It is almost impossible to read a magazine, go online, or watch TV without encountering images or stories about various ways to shape, decorate, alter and ‘improve’ one’s body. Similarly, in recent decades, ‘the body’ has also become the focus of scholarly attention. In fact, it has now become a major area of scholarship in sociology and provides a central framework for addressing issues in gender, sexuality, health, childhood, ageing, disability among many others.
             
This course focuses on human embodiment and the social practices associated with bodies. There are many aspects of human embodiment which are taken for granted in everyday life, yet these are products of complex social and political process and actions located with particular socio-historic contexts. To explore the ‘social construction’ of bodies is not to deny their materiality. Rather the focus is on both the ways in which the body is shaped in culturally and historically specific terms and the lived body as a site of knowledge and experience. Through attention to specific practices, and technologies, such as cosmetic surgery, sexual enhancement and ‘extreme’ body modification, the course will disrupt oppositions between conformity and transgression, control and agency, materiality and cultural meanings.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Pre-requisites

15 points of 100 level SOCI with B grade or better; or 30 points of 100 level SOCI; or students without 100 level SOCI but with a B average or better in 60 points in related subjects may enter the course with the approval of the Head of Department.

Restrictions

GEND102, FMST102, GEND112, AMST113, CULT112, AMST142, GEND201, SOCI202

Equivalent Courses

GEND201, SOCI202

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 16:00 Okeover 106 (Okeover Room) 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 Psychology - Sociology 210 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
02 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 Psychology - Sociology 210 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Tiina Vares

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 21 Aug 2018 40% 2200 words
Take home test 19 Oct 2018 40% 2400-2800 words
Tutorial attendance and participation 5%
Oral presentation 15%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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