Courses & Units

Fashioning the Body FST207


May be taken as a Gender Studies unit. This unit is offered only in odd numbered years.


In contemporary Western culture, great emphasis is placed on physical appearance as a vehicle for defining who we are. For this reason it has become an important area of investigation by both social theorists and artists.

This unit focuses on the body as a site of cultural transformation, investigating the various ways in which the body has been moulded and adorned in accordance with culturally defined ideals. It covers such topics as facial decoration, hairstyling, tattooing, scarification, the slender body, the muscular body, cosmetic surgery, and male and female dress.

This unit will be taught through a series of illustrated lectures that analyse both historical and recent examples of how the body has been fashioned. While the focus is on Western culture, some reference is made to body modification practices in other cultures to provide a point of comparison. Tutorials will provide the opportunity for a more in depth focus on the issues introduced in the lectures.


Unit name Fashioning the Body
Unit code FST207
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts
Discipline Arts
Teaching staff

Dr Llewellyn Negrin

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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FST102 or 25 points introductory level Gender Studies units

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Teaching Pattern

1-hr lecture, 1-hr Art Forum, 1-hr tutorial weekly (13 wks)


2,500-word essay (50%), 1,750-word short essay (35%), tutorial presentation (15%)

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