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Sociology of the Body
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 7.5 credits, including 1.0 credit of second-year liberal studies (including 0.5 VISC credit).
This course examines sociological approaches to understanding the body in contemporary society. The idea of "body techniques" will be emphasized, including the following: techniques of production which permit construction, transformation or manipulation of the body; techniques of representation which permit free individual or collective expression concerning the body in society; and institutional techniques which determine the behaviour of individuals towards their own bodies and the bodies of others. Each "technique" will be examined in relationship to how they broaden perceptions about the body, what they replace, and what they take from society.
Course was last updated June 12, 2009 - 11:36 AM