Keeping the Body in Mind

Subject ANTH20001 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial each week
Total Time Commitment: An average of 8.5 hours each week
Prerequisites: 25 points of 1st year Arts subjects
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Knowledge gained in sucessfully completing one of the following subjects.
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Non Allowed Subjects: Students who have completed or are completing the following subject are not permitted to take this subject.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Dr Tamara Kohn


Tamara Kohn

Subject Overview:

This subject introduces a wide range of anthropological interests in the human body from a comparative ethnographic perspective. It considers topics such as body image and eating disorders, body arts and practices, body modifications and decorations, sporting bodies, consciousness and the body/mind continuum, emotions and feelings, the gendered body, the sexual body and the ageing body. We will investigate how the human body is individually and culturally constructed and socially experienced through a critical examination of a range of ethnographic and theoretical literature, as well as through exploratory field research.

Objectives: Students who successfully complete this subject will:
  • Become sensitive to a range of beliefs, values and knowledge on the body and how these influence thought and behaviour
  • Appreciate and be able to articulate and critically assess a range of theoretical debates on the body.
Assessment: One essay of 2000 words 50% (due end of semester), and one report of 1500 words 40% (due during the semester), and one 500 word report on class presentation 10%. This subject has a hurdle requirement of attendance at a minimum of 8 tutorials
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available from the University Bookshop at the beginning of semester.

Recommended Texts:

Additional readings will be provided online through LMS.

Optional purchase of recommended texts from the University Bookshop - details will be provided in the subject guide at the beginnng of semester.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: Students who successfully complete this subject will:
  • demonstrate research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources.
  • have practice in planning and conducting research.
  • have experience integrating ethnographic examples with theoretical debates and develop skills of critical analysis and argument.
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Notes: This subject satisfies the third-year breadth requirement for third-year students in the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Biomedicine when taken in 2010 only.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Anthropology
Anthropology && Social Theory
Anthropology and Social Theory
Anthropology and Social Theory
Development Studies
Development Studies Major
Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies Major

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