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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.

Summary 2020

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. Ruby Grant

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



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify, define and explain the key concepts, issues and theories in the sociology of the body.
  2. Reflect on and apply relevant sociological concepts and theories to assess and explore sociological analyses of the individual and/or social body.
  3. Identify, define, and explain the role of the body in everyday life, including its social construction and formation.
  4. Examine, interpret and critique personal bodily experiences within a sociological framework.




25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

On Campus: 
Weekly workshop (1.5 hour face-to-face)
Weekly online lecture (1.5 hour)
Weekly online learning materials

Off Campus: 
Weekly online lecture (1.5 hour)
Weekly online learning materials
Weekly online discussion forum


Task 1: Online quizzes (30%)

Task 2: Workbook exercises, 1500 words or equivalent (30%)

Task 3: Essay, 2000 words (40%)

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


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