PHIL 3017 The Body in Culture
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 101009
Coordinator Penelope Rossiter Opens in new window
Description This unit introduces students to key theorists, concepts, and debates in socio-cultural studies of embodiment. The first module introduces the field of study and explores influential perspectives on bodies as biocultural and social. The unit explores topics such as the social brain, culture and the senses, the modern 'civilised' body, sexed and racialised bodies, ableism and bodily diversity. It will demonstrate how even colonialism, multiculturalism and socio-economic inequalities are lived on the skin, in the body and through the senses. The second module explores current debates and body politics and the content is determined in collaboration with enrolled students. The topics can be as diverse as digital self-tracking; 'fat wars'; race and cosmetic surgery; bodies as commodities, and; sexual difference and sport.
School Humanities & Comm Arts
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp
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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject
Equivalent Subjects LGYC 1291 - Gender Culture and the Body LGYA 0293 - The Body in Culture
Restrictions Successful completion of 60 credit points of study in currently enrolled program.
- Explain key concepts in the study of the body in culture.
- Respond in an informed and critical way to contemporary debates about body politics.
- Research, explain, and facilitate discussion of a current debate or social problem concerning the body.
- Collaborate with others on a group project.
Brains: biocultural, social and plastic
The lived body: surfaces and depths
Skin and the bounded body: power, representation and experience
The modern body and its others: the civilised, uncivilised, disciplined, grotesque and carnivalesque
Culture and multisensory embodiment
Diverse bodies, ableism and the social model of disability
Contemporary debates and body politics
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Portfolio: Concepts Portfolio||1250 words (5 x 250 words)||25||N||Individual|
|Applied Project: Group Research Project with individually assessable components. Project includes research, presentation, discussion facilitation (20%), and (individual) written report (30%)||Group part: Presentation - 15 minutes, Discussion facilitation - 30 minutes, Wrap-up - 5 minutes / Individual part: Report - 1500 words||50||N||Both (Individual & Group)|
|Reflection: Written responses to the research questions devised and explored in the Applied Projects||1200 (3 X 400) words||25||N||Individual|
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