The sociocultural analysis of the social construction, control and expression of the body in the context of physical activity.
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, expression of the physical body and its symbolic place within current understandings of our body.
|Paper title||Body, Culture and Society|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$839.86|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,368.00|
- PHSE 204 and PHSE 206
- PHSE 537
- Limited to
- (i) 54 approved 200-level points may be substituted for the PHSE 204 and 206 prerequisites.
- Suitable for students interested in the representation of our bodies within everyday lived cultural practices.
- More information link
- View more information on the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences' website
- Teaching staff
- Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Ms Marguerita Lazar
- Paper Structure
- This paper will explore a range of topics; some topics will be determined by class
decision and interests:
- Historical changes of the sociocultural construction of the body over time
- Cultural embodiment, including age, gender,weight, race, sexuality and ability
- Contemporary representations of the body in everyday practices from gender, sexuality, size, emotions, illness and death
- Group presentations that explore student-identified topics of contemporary bodily representations
- Teaching Arrangements
- This paper will include both lectures and seminars. Student class participation is an expected component of this paper.
- Text books are not required for this paper.Course readings will be made available.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork, Life-long learning.
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- 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, weight, 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