Area of Study
Gender Studies, International Relations, International Studies, Sociology
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionThis subject unravels the body as the key site through which the reproduction of social structures and norms are secured and contested. The socio-biological matter of the body is interrogated, including an examination of habitual body competencies and feeling-states. The subject questions the 'geography closest in', setting in train a progressively broadening consideration of how body-formation is intimately linked to the formation of culture and states.Subject objectivesa. Understand and evaluate key concepts within social and cultural theoryb. Critically engage with academic textsc. Utilise theoretical concepts verbally and in written workd. Apply theoretical concepts with sophisticationTeaching and learning strategiesThis subject involves formal and exploratory teaching and learning strategies. Lectures will be formal and will introduce the key theoretical ideas for each week. Tutorials will be informal and largely student-led, including weekly sharing by students of theorised observations of everyday body practices and sensations. Tutorials and assessment will focus on the critical extension of theoretical material and on developing students? academic speaking and writing voices.ContentIn this subject we interrogate how cultural history and social discipline are given material shape through the human body. We examine the body as a shifting effect or outcome of social and political inequalities and biological fragilities and also celebrate its remarkable aliveness and awareness. Acknowledging that divergent forces come to bear on the body at different life cycle stages, we ground our investigation into the nature, culture and competency of the body in key moments ? birth, childhood, ageing and death ? in which the social, biological, cultural and ethical muddle surrounding embodiment is thrown into sharpened relief.We begin with an examination of the maternal body and the sexualisation of children?s bodies. We encounter the suffering bodies of those who are excluded and oppressed, such as survivors of homelessness, of forced migration, and of political violence and torture. We critically engage the idea of the ?abnormal? body ? with a focus on disabled, aged, diseased and surgically-altered bodies. Finally, we confront death and ask again about the substance of the body.AssessmentAssessment task 1: Reading/Writing Journal ? Part 1Objective(s):a, b, c and dWeight: 40%Criteria:Clarity of conceptual exposition offeredDepth of reflection on set readingsClarity of scholarly argument produced?Capacity to appropriately evidence scholarly argumentAssessment task 2: Reading/Writing Journal ? Part 2Objective(s):a, b, c and dWeight: 40%Criteria:Clarity of conceptual exposition offered?Depth of reflection on set readings?Clarity of scholarly argument produced?Capacity to appropriately evidence scholarly argumentAssessment task 3: Body ReflectionObjective(s):a and cWeight: 20%Criteria:Clarity of scholarly argument producedDepth of reflection on theoretical themesCapacity to appropriately evidence scholarly argument
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.