Sociology of the Body

Subject SOCI20006 (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 2, 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: 1 x 1.5-hour lecture and 1 x 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Completion of at least 12.5 points at first year in Sociology or one of the Faculty of Arts' Interdisciplinary Foundation (IDF) subjects.
Corequisites: none
Recommended Background Knowledge: Level 1 Sociology
Non Allowed Subjects: The following subject:
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

For sociologists, the human body is not just a physical/psychological entity, it is a key site of the social. This subject will critically examine ways of thinking sociologically about the body in society. By outlining an historical context, this subject will explore the social construction of the body and its increasing significance in contemporary society. In particular, the ways in which the body is shaped by gender, race, sexuality, class, disability and age. Drawing on these key social markers, Sociology of the Body will explore issues such as the relation between sex and the body. science, culture and the body. the body, social structure and social interaction and the re-emergence of the Self, identity and the body in contemporary society. Specific attention will be paid towards the body as a contested site of the social, which will draw upon the importance of contemporary social scientific theory and research for understanding the body.

  • be able to use sociological approaches to analyse principal forms of cyberspace
  • be able to critically assess the diverse social implications of cyberspace for individuals and groups
  • be able to identify and analyse social processes involved in the rise and maintenance of cyberspace
  • be able to use sociological analysis to explore the relationship between real and virtual dimensions of cyberspace
  • be able to use sociological analyses to explore the relationship between cyberspace and wider patterns of social, political and cultural change
  • be able to analyse the core dynamics of cyberspace within local and global contexts.
Assessment: A short paper of 1000 words (25%) due mid-semester, a take-home test of 1000 words (25%) to be held towards the end of semester, and a research essay of 2000 words (50%) due during the examination period.
Prescribed Texts:

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Breadth Options:

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

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Generic Skills:
  • demonstrate critical thinking and analytic skills, through research and written communication.
  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically, both orally and in writing.
  • display awareness and understanding of the social, ethical and cultural contexts of research and of our place as researchers.
Notes: Available as a Breadth subject to non-Bachelor of Arts students
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communications)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Gender Studies
Sociology Major

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