SOCI202-24S2 (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


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

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 (excluding references)
Discussion briefs x 2 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 Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All SOCI202 Occurrences

  • SOCI202-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024