Body, Flesh, Subject

Course code FMCS3200Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course analyses emerging political and ethical considerations of the body - how we care for the body and how we interpret the body - in contemporary culture. Through selected works from cultural theory we will explore differing understandings of the 'natural' body, and how this influences configurations of self and other. Topics will include power, performance, embodiment, materiality, body modification.

Available in 2015

On-Line from CallaghanSemester 2
ObjectivesThis course explores the relationship between the body, culture and image; it assists students in developing the skills and knowledge that will enable them to:
1) Interpret the body as a social construction
2) Locate key areas of technological development that have contributed to the problematic of the body in contemporary culture
3) Identify significant areas of art and science that focus on the relationship of ethics and politics towards the body and culture
4) Apply theoretical analyses to areas involving technology, body, art and performance.
ContentCourse topics may include:
* Materiality and Embodiment
* Technology and the body
* Body modification
* Body ethics and politics

* Reading may include the work of Michel Foucault, N. Katherine Hayles, Donna Haraway, Iris Marion Young, Martha McCaughey, Elizabeth Grosz, Susan Bordo, Kathy Davis.

Or other similar topics, as appropriate.
Replacing Course(s)CULT3300 Body, Flesh, Subject and CULT3100 Sport, Culture and the Media.
TransitionStudents are not permitted to enrol in FMCS3200 Body, Flesh, Subject if they have previously completed CULT3300 Body, Flesh, Subject or CULT3100 Sport, Culture and the Media.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge60 credit points at 2000 level
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten exercise 30%
JournalWeekly online posts 70%
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for FMCS3200