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SO 4025 / SO 4525
BODY WORK AND BODY WORKERS
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr D Gimlin

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 4 only. Students should normally have 135 credits in Sociology courses. Students lacking these credits may be allowed to take the course with the Head of Department's permission.

Note(s): This course will be available in the first half-session of 2012/13 as SO 4025.

This course examines activities intended to alter the form and functioning of the human body. Drawing upon case studies of various types of 'body work', the course will address the following topics: the influence of class and other forms of stratification on the ways people develop their bodies and on the symbolic value attached to particular bodily forms; the role of 'body experts' in shaping understandings of legitimate vs illegitimate body practices; the body's implication in the buying and selling of labour power; and the means through which physical capital is converted into other resources and rewards.

1 one-hour lecture and 1 one-hour tutorial per week.

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (60%) and continuous assessment (40%).