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GCST5902 - Natures and Cultures of Bodies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - 6 credit points
HECS Band one
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Gender and Cultural Studies
Offered session(s): 2, 43
Department permission required for enrolment in the following session(s): 2
Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Ruth Barcan

Classes: 2 hours per wk

Assessment: 4000-5000 words (case studies) + in class presentation

This unit uses an interdisciplinary range of theories to explore different facets of embodiment. The body is studied as a site of cultural inscription and practice, a social phenomenon, and an experienced reality. The unit combines theoretical approaches with case studies of a range of body practices, cultures and subcultures. Topics studied will vary according to student interest, but may include such things as: body modification; bodybuilding; alternative therapies; cosmetic surgery; gym culture; dieting; manners.
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