Body, Flesh, Subject

Description

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, and body modification.

Availability

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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.

Content

Course 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)

This course replaces the following course(s): CULT3300. Students who have successfully completed CULT3300 are not eligible to enrol in FMCS3200.

Assumed Knowledge

60 credit points at 2000 level

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written exercise

Journal: Weekly online posts

Contact Hours

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Online delivery