SPECIAL NOTE: May be taken as a Gender Studies unit. This unit is offered only in odd numbered years.
Key Semester Dates
Final WW Date*
* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).
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.
2,500-word essay (50%), 1,500-word tutorial paper (30%), 500 word annotated bibliography (10%), tutorial presentation (10%)
Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.
Campus - H Hobart, L Launceston, W Burnie. Study Centre - V Sydney, R Rozelle, P Beauty Point. Distance units may also have a campus identifier of I Isolated, N Interstate, O Overseas. Units delivered in Transnational Education (TNE) Programs have a campus identifier of A Hangzhou, F Fuzhou, G Shanghai, K KDU Malaysia, Q Kuwait or Y Hong Kong.