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PHSE537 Body, Culture and Society

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

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.

Paper title Body, Culture and Society
Paper code PHSE537
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,590.98
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,357.07

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PHSE 204 and PHSE 206
PHSE 337
Limited to
BPhEd(Hons), PGDipOE, PGDipPE, MDanceSt, MPhEd
(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
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
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Communication.
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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

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41