Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SOC2088: Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society: Part 2: Bodies in Society
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.
Understanding how societies and cultures shape bodies is critical to understanding the meanings and experiences of health and illness in contemporary society. The aim of the module is to introduce you to central concepts and analytic frameworks through which sociologists and anthropologists study and approach ‘the body’ in society and culture. This module will familiarise you with scholarship that takes bodies to be historically and culturally contingent and sites for important social, cultural and identity work across cultures, and to develop insights into how health, illness and deviance are experienced and governed. The module seeks to introduce you to the rich body of work being developed in sociology and anthropology around bodies and their many meanings, and the importance of critically placing bodies in cultural, power and policy contexts. You will develop research, writing and presentation skills by identifying, pursuing and communication about a topic on bodies throughout the module.
|On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:|
|Module-Specific Skills||1. Demonstrate your knowledge about current sociological and anthropological work and debate on bodies as historically and culturally contingent, and as material loci of social and cultural practices, in class discussion and course work;|
2. Demonstrate an understanding of constructing complex arguments regarding specific contemporary topics concerning bodies and their relationship to topics of health and illness, social control, identity, and social inequalities - based on sociological and anthropological theory and research;
|Discipline-Specific Skills||3. Evaluate contemporary sociological and anthropological texts;|
4. Display in written and oral form an understanding of the critical approaches of these disciplines
5. Appreciate key issues relevant to the contemporary world, and develop critical, comparative and cross-cultural insight;
|Personal and Key Skills||6. Demonstrate transferable skills in formulating, researching and addressing focused questions;|
7. Prepare focused and comprehensive written and oral presentations;
8. Work independently and in collaboration with others;
9. Demonstrate cross-cultural understanding, translation and comparison, which will be of advantage in an increasing range of professional settings.