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    Experiences of bodies, sexuality and identity, and the connections between them, in contemporary and historical settings, using New Zealand and international examples.

    This paper explores connections between gender, bodies, sexualities and identities. We ask how gender affects our experiences and how sexuality can be understood as a social phenomenon, rather than merely an individual one. We look at the past and present and speculate on the future. The paper looks at a range of viewpoints and case studies, examining such issues as the representation and regulation of bodies; reproductive bodies; socially ambiguous bodies; old and new forms of sexual identity and practice; and the impact of technology.

    About this paper

    Paper title Bodies, Sexualities and Society
    Subject Gender Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
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    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    This first-year paper is open to all students at Otago.

    Teaching staff

    Lecturer: Professor Chris Brickell

    Paper Structure

    Key topics:

    • Understanding bodies
    • Bodies and social change
    • Histories of sexuality
    • Contemporary debates about sexuality
    Teaching Arrangements
    There are two lectures per week and a weekly tutorial.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking.
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    Learning Outcomes
    By the end of the paper students should have a grasp of some of the complex interrelationships between bodies, sexualities and the construction of the self. Most importantly, students should have developed the ability to read critically and to articulate their ideas both verbally and in written form.


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    L1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    T1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 29-33, 35, 37-39, 41
    T2 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 29-33, 35, 37-39, 41
    T3 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 29-33, 35, 37-39, 41
    T4 Thursday 09:00-09:50 29-33, 35, 37-39, 41
    T5 Thursday 12:00-12:50 29-33, 35, 37-39, 41
    T6 Thursday 14:00-14:50 29-33, 35, 37-39, 41
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