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PHSE337 Body, Culture and Society

The sociocultural analysis of the social construction, control and expression of the body in the context of physical activity.

The socio-cultural analysis of the social construction, control and expression of the body in the context of physicality. This paper will explore a wide range of topics and incorporate contemporary and pop culture representations of the body in a very broad definition of physicality and expression of the physical body and its symbolic place within current understandings of our body.

Paper title Body, Culture and Society
Paper code PHSE337
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1400
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $783.72
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,039.00

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Prerequisite
PHSE 204 and PHSE 206
Restriction
PHSE 537
Limited to
BPhEd
Notes
(i) 54 approved 200-level points may be substituted for the PHSE 204 and 206 prerequisites.
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer Ms Marguerita Lazar
More information link
View the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science website
Paper Structure
This paper will explore a range of topics; some topics will be determined by class decision and interests.
  • Historical changes of the socio-cultural construction of the body over time
  • Cultural embodiment, including age, gender, race, sexuality and ability
  • Contemporary representations of the body in everyday practices from gender, sexuality, emotions, illness and death
  • Group presentations that explore student identified contemporary bodily representations
Teaching Arrangements
This paper will include both lectures and seminars. Student class participation is an expected component of this course.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Life-long learning, communication, critical thinking, self-motivation, teamwork. View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Course outline
The course outline will be made available on Blackboard.
Textbooks
Course readings will be available. No set textbook is used.
Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this paper students should:
  • Understand the way in which our body can be considered a social product
  • Explore how the human body represents significant forms of cultural embodiment, including age, gender, race, and ability
  • Be able to reflect upon and critique contemporary social and biological beliefs and practices surrounding the body
  • Demonstrate how bodily display and practice participates in contemporary social life
  • Have a clear understanding of your own beliefs, understanding and everyday practices that construct and reproduce your embodied approach to lived experience
Contact
Ms Marguerita Lazar
Eligibility
Suitable for students interested in the representation of our bodies within everyday lived cultural practices. Students should have completed at least three 200 level papers from any discipline.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Weeks: 28-34,36-41 Mon : 14:00-15:50
Wed : 12:00-12:50