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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT3088: Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society: Part 2: Bodies in Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Aims

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.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Critically and competently 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. Competently demonstrate and develop complex and critical 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 Skills3. Critically evaluate and analyse contemporary sociological and anthropological texts;
4. Display in written and oral form an understanding of the theoretical and critical approaches of these disciplines
5. Appreciate and demonstrate a critical understanding of key issues relevant to the contemporary world, and develop critical, comparative and cross-cultural insight;
Personal and Key Skills6. Critically demonstrate transferable skills in formulating, researching and addressing focused questions;
7. Critically prepare and develop focused and comprehensive written and oral presentations;
8. Critically work independently and in collaboration with others;
9. Critically demonstrate critical and cross-cultural understanding, translation and comparison, which will be of advantage in an increasing range of professional settings.