SOCI202-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Constructing Bodies

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


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


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


GEND102, FMST102, GEND112, AMST113, CULT112, AMST142, GEND201, CULT207

Equivalent Courses

GEND201, CULT207

Course Coordinator

Tiina Vares


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 35%
Take home test 40%
Discussion Briefs 15%
Tutorial Attendance and Participation 10%

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 $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* 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 Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All SOCI202 Occurrences

  • SOCI202-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023