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SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE




Department of Sociology






Course Guide

2005/6




Body Work & Body Workers

SO4025




Contents


The Course 1

Course Coordinator 1

Credit Rating 1

Course Aims and Learning Outcomes 1

Course Requirements 2

Examination Papers 2

Lectures 3

Lecture Timetable 3

Lecture Outlines 3

Tutorials 17

Tutorial Pattern 17

Tutorial Concepts 18

Reading 19

Texts 19

The Library 19

Supplementary Readings 20

Course Assessment 42

Essay Requirements 42

Essay #1: Title Options 42

Essay #2: Topic 43


Please note that this Guide must be read in conjunction with the relevant School of Social Science Course Handbook which is available from the Social Science Office and is on the web at http://www. abdn.ac.uk/socsci/courseinformation. There are separate Course Handbooks for levels 1, 2, 3 and 4.


THE COURSE

Course Co-ordinator

The Course Co-ordinator for SO4025 is Dr Debra Gimlin - (Room: F20, Edward Wright Building; e-mail: d.gimlin@abdn.ac.uk; Tel: 27- 2771).

Credit Rating

This course is offered in the first semester. It has a credit rating of 30; that is, it is expected to take up one-half of the time of a full-time student.

Course Aims and Learning Outcomes

A. Knowledge and Understanding

This course will provide students with theoretical and empirical knowledge of:

  • the relevance of both structural and agentic factors in individual experiences of embodiment

  • efforts to conceptualise and examine empirically the relationship between body and self

  • how experiences of the body are shaped by the structures, resources and commercial orientations of body work organisations, as well as the professional interests of the workers in those organisations

  • the impact of various stratification systems on the relative symbolic value of particular bodily forms

  • contemporary debates about the political significance of women’s and men’s efforts to alter their bodies

  • the impact of new technologies for transforming the body on experiences of the physical self

  • how work on the body contributes to and perpetuates existing power differences

B. Intellectual Skills

This course aims to promote students’ capacity for critically assessing theoretical perspectives and empirical findings relating to contemporary body management practices.

C. General Skills

In all sociology courses, we aim to improve students’ general skills. In particular, the module is designed to help you improve your ability to locate and assess relevant information; write concise and clear essays that draw on advanced sociological sources; evaluate competing ideas and empirical accounts; present structured and reasoned arguments to a small group and listen and respond to the arguments of others; and revise a large body of literature and select from that material what is relevant to a very specific question under the pressure of time constraints.

These skills are promoted by essays, seminar presentations and discussions, and the end-of-course examination. The module is also intended to provide the opportunity for you to exercise your IT skills, to reflect critically upon the quality of your own work, to direct your own learning and to manage your time effectively.

Course Requirements

The course requirements are:

(a) Satisfactory attendance at, and participation in, tutorials;

(b) Delivery of one tutorial presentation;

(c) Submission of two essays by the relevant deadlines;

(d) Reading at least what is listed as essential (identified by bold text for each week);

(e) Achieving in the final examination.

Examination Papers

Past examination papers are available at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/ diss/library/examdb.

LECTURES

There is one lecture per week in this course, held on Tuesdays at 3:00 to 4.00 pm in Room: G08, Cruickshank Building. The lectures are planned as a coherent series, and you will gain a full understanding of the issues they raise only if you attend regularly.


Lecture Timetable


Week number

Week commencing

Lecture Title


1

26 September

The Body in Sociology

2

3 October

The Body, Social Structure and Social Order

3

10 October

Embodiment and Agency

4

24 October

Educating Bodies

5

31 October

Food and Feeding

6

7 November

Reworking the Body’s Meanings

7

14 November

Bodies in Organisations

8

21 November

Caring for the Body

9

28 November

Medical Practice and Its Embodiment

10

5 December

Death and Dying

11

12 December

The Belaboured Body

12

9 January

Review of the Programme
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