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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.
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 practices5. demonstrate written and oral presentation skills
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.
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, orany 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
GEND102, FMST102, GEND112, AMST113, CULT112, AMST142, GEND201, SOCI202
Students must attend one activity from each section.
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.
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.
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