Courses & Units

The Body in Society HGA228



May be taken as a Gender Studies unit.


The body is normally understood as exclusively biological, but it is also subject to competing social forces. For example, our bodies allow us to comprehend the world. It is also the site through which others come to identify and classify us. This unit explains the social significance of the body by examining how we attach meanings to human bodies, and explores why the body is essential for social life and interaction. This will include analysing technologies and social practices that alter the body, and the impact of labels on life opportunities. These interests make the unit appropriate for students interested in social research and policy, health, social work, and social change.


Unit name The Body in Society
Unit code HGA228
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Dr Peta Cook (Lton & Distance)

Teaching staff

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 25/2/2019 22/3/2019 15/4/2019 2/6/2019

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2019: $820.00 2019: $2,037.00 090301

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

On-campus: 1.5 hour face-to-face weekly workshop, 1.5 hour online lecture weekly, online learning materials weekly
1.5 hour online lecture weekly, online learning materials weekly, online discussion forum weekly


Online quizzes (15%); workbook activities (30%); workshop/Discussion board participation (10%); 2,000 word essay (45%)

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Cregan, K. (2012).Key Concepts in the Body and Society. Sydney: Pearson Education


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