SDCOA305-23A (TGA)

Understanding Healthy Bodies

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Te Huataki Waiora - School of Health

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What this paper is about

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Welcome to SDCOA 305: Understanding Healthy Bodies: Sociocultural Perspectives. As Nettleton and Watson (1998) suggest "If one thing is certain it is that we all have a body, Everything we do we do with our bodies – when we think, speak, listen, eat, sleep, walk, relax, work and play we ‘use’ our bodies" (p. 1). The body is central to all aspects of our lives and in this course we move beyond a consideration of the mechanics, physiology and anatomy of the human body to explore the ways bodies (healthy or un-healthy) are shaped by social, cultural and political contexts. The 21st century is a fascinating time to be exploring understandings of the healthy body. New technologies, consumer culture, shifting views on nutrition, political investments in regulating health and the so-called ‘greying of populations’ are just a few of the features of contemporary life that influence how we think about the healthy body and what we do in the name of preserving health.

This course aims to help you develop a socially critical understanding of the ‘healthy body’. You will learn about the ways gender, ethnicity, ability, age, disability, healthism, sexuality and class shape our bodies, how they look, feel, what they do and how they are regarded by your selves and others. You will become familiar with a range of theoretical tools and concepts that can be used to critically examine the healthy body in the fields of exercise science, community health, and sport.

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How this paper will be taught

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This paper has a 12 week structure over the semester and involves a weekly on-line lecture posted each Monday and one 2-hour tutorial on Friday(9-10.50am). These tutorials begin in week 2 of the class. There are directed readings and tasks that will need to be completed prior to each tutorial. We begin in the first two lecture sessions with developing some tools for critically thinking, observing and reading about healthy bodies and then focus on issues related to particular kinds of bodies for each of the remaining sessions.


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Required Readings

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Required and recommended readings for this paper are available at:
https://rl.talis.com/3/waikato/lists/F75CEAE3-09BC-3817-CD35-F24A7D76DCC5.html?lang=en
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Articulate the value of socio-cultural perspectives in understanding healthy bodies
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  • Critically interrogate contemporary re-presentations of the healthy body in scholarly literature and in everyday life
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  • Articulate a detailed understanding of the different discourses that shape our perceptions of which bodies are healthy or unhealthy
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  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the centrality of the healthy body to contemporary social life both in NZ and globally
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How you will be assessed

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There are three assessments designed to act as evidence of your learning in this paper. Please enter these into your diary and plan ahead for their completion and submission. The paper is fully internally assessed.
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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assessment 1: Thoughts and reading reflections (Part 1 and Part 2)
29 Mar 2023
11:30 PM
35
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assessment 2: Healthy Body Case Study (Part 1 and Part 2)
19 May 2023
11:30 PM
35
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Presentation: In Class
3. Assessment 3: Summative Essay
6 Jun 2023
11:30 PM
30
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Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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