This unit has been discontinued.
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|
|Faculty/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
|Discipline||Sociology and Criminology|
Dr. Ruby Grant
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
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- Identify, define and explain the key concepts, issues and theories in the sociology of the body.
- Reflect on and apply relevant sociological concepts and theories to assess and explore sociological analyses of the individual and/or social body.
- Identify, define, and explain the role of the body in everyday life, including its social construction and formation.
- Examine, interpret and critique personal bodily experiences within a sociological framework.
25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
Task 1: Online quizzes (30%)
Task 2: Workbook exercises, 1500 words or equivalent (30%)
Task 3: Essay, 2000 words (40%)
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Cregan, K. (2012). Key Concepts in the Body and Society. Sydney: Pearson Education
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