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2013 HGA228 The Body in Society

Unit Level: Intermediate

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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See also   HGA328

Not Offered


The body is normally understood as exclusively biological, but it is also subject to competing social forces. For example, our bodies allow us to comprehend the world. It is also the site through which others come to identify and classify us. This unit explains the social significance of the body by examining how we attach meanings to human bodies, and explores why the body is essential for social life and interaction. This will include analysing technologies and social practices that alter the body, such as cosmetic surgery and cyberspace. We will also examine the impact of labels such as 'disabled' and 'diseased' on life opportunities. These interests make the unit appropriate for students interested in social research and policy, health, social work, and social change.

WEIGHT: 12.5%


HGA228: Workbook Excercises (40%),Essayplan (10%),2500 word essay (50%)
HGA328: Workbook Excercises (40%),Essayplan (10%),3000 word essay (50%)


Internal: 2-hr lecture weekly, 1-hr tutorial fortnightly (13 wks) (Web Supported)
Distance: Instructional package and online lectures (Web Dependant)

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - L
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
   Web dependent - H,W,I,N,O
Some parts of this unit will be taught online
   Resource supported teaching & learning - L,H,W,I,N,O
Additional resources are provided for your optional use; e.g. audio taped lectures
About Flexible Study Options

This unit includes international cross-cultural issues/skills.

Prereq 25% at Introductory Level units in Sociology
M.Excl HGA328 The Body in Society

STAFF: Dr Peta Cook

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