CULT207-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Constructing Bodies

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


This course focuses on the ways in which the body is shaped in culturally/historically specific contexts, which include the lived body as a site of knowledge and experience. It explores a range of body practices, representations and technologies such as non-mainstream body modification, sexuality education, trans medico-surgical practices and the sexualization of culture.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. demonstrate a knowledge of key debates in contemporary social theory about bodies and embodiment.

2. illustrate the relevance of sociological, sexualities and gender analysis for reflection on a range of issues relating to bodies, technologies, and representation.

3. illustrate analytic skills through attention to specific examples.

4. demonstrate understanding of the ways in which diverse socio-historic contexts impact on body practices

5. demonstrate written and oral presentation skills

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Any 15 points at 100 level from CULT or SOCI, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


GEND102, FMST102, GEND112, AMST113, CULT112, AMST142, GEND201, SOCI202

Equivalent Courses

GEND201, SOCI202

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00 E14 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 244
22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
02 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Psychology - Sociology 411
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Tiina Vares


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
essay 35% 2200 words (excluding references)
Take home test 40% 2400-2800 words (exlcuding references)
Discussion briefs 10%
Lectorial attendance and participation 15%

Textbooks / Resources

Students are expected to read material each week. The required readings are on the LEARN website (there is a ‘block’ for each lecture). Additional readings, links and YouTube clips for each week can also be found each lecture block.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

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