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SO967 - Sociology of the Body

  • Module code: SO967
  • Module name: Sociology of the Body
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The aims and objectives of this half module are to provide students with an advanced sociological knowledge and understanding of key perspectives and debates on the body in social life and contemporary culture. Throughout the module links are made between these sociological issues and broader debates on teh legacies of Western dualism and the nature and status of bodies in Western society, both past and present. The nature and status of sociology itself, as an embodied enterprise and passionate vocation, will also be debated and discussed.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should: have an advanced knowledge and understanding of key concepts and theoretical appraoches within the sociology of the body as a developing field of inquiry; be able to assess a range of perspectives; evaluate sociological arguments and evidence; draw upon, summarise and synthesise a variety of source materials in constructing their own sociological arguments; recognise sociologically informed questions and the distinctive character of sociology in relation to other forms of understanding and everyday explanations; undertake and present scholarly work, participate in group discussion and work; and make appropriate use of library and IT resources.

Timetabled teaching activities

2 hrs per week

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: SO967-20)
A1 (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Taught Social and Political Thought (L3P8) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Sociology (L3PD) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Social Research (L3PE) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Gender and International Development (M9P7) - Year 2