SOCIO304-22B (HAM)

Sociology of the Body

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Sociology and Social Policy

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: rosie.webb@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This paper involves a sociological investigation of bodies, as they are experienced and represented, examining the embodied relationship between structure and agency.
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Paper Structure

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This paper has a blended approach** to content delivery. For Hamilton students, most weeks will involve one two-hour and one one-hour class per week - these will be a mix of standard lectures and workshops. In some weeks, the content will be delivered online.
Discussion within class is encouraged, and students are welcome to either email or bring in examples of that are relevant to the paper content. Students who actively participate in the paper (through bringing in examples, contributing to class discussion, etc) are likely to get the most out of it.
Classes will include regular discussion of assessments, developing relevant skills to complete these exercises, and workshopping various aspects of the assessments. Preparing for this workshops will help in achieving the best possible grades in the assessments.

**The blended aspect of this paper does not mean that it is a FLEXI paper. Students are expected to attend the in-person classes.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • demonstrate research and analytical skills.
    Students who successfully complete the paper should be to demonstrate sociological research and analytical skills relevant to the study of the body and embodiment, including the ability to interpret theoretical perspectives and apply such perspectives to real world examples.
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  • demonstrate an understanding of how both structure and agency work.
    Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to demonstrate an understanding of how both structure and agency work to shape both bodies themselves, and how bodies are experienced on the basis of class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, and other aspects of identity as relevant.
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  • synthesise and communicate information, and construct critical arguments.
    Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to synthesise and communicate information about bodies and embodiment from a broad range of sources, and construct arguments that critically evaluate the ways in which bodies are represented and experienced.
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Assessment

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Detailed handouts regarding each assessment will be delivered in class and via Moodle, and students will have ample opportunity in class to discuss and clarify requirements for assessments. This paper does not involve group work for assessments, but students are strongly encouraged to share relevant resources and work together wherever this would be helpful - for example, swapping drafts of assessments to read.

As noted below, all referencing should be in APA format. As well as the link below, a 'quick guide' to APA referencing will be provided on Moodle. APA referencing will be given on Moodle for any readings provided.

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Assessment Components

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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. Engagement with Readings
20
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
2. Representation Analysis
17 Aug 2022
10:00 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Annotated Bibliography
14 Sep 2022
10:00 PM
22
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Research Essay
26 Oct 2022
10:00 PM
33
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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There is no set text for this paper. Readings will be provided through the SOCIO304 Reading List, or via Moodle, and the required readings for each week will be clearly indicated on Moodle. Students are expected to have completed the required readings prior to the relevant class.

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Recommended Readings

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Recommended readings will be provided through the SOCIO304 Reading List, and clearly indicated on Moodle. Note that reading widely is fundamental to success in your papers - picking up on the recommend readings will increase your understanding of topics, leading to greater depth in your writing.
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Online Support

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Moodle is the primary online support system for this paper, and thus it is important that you have access to Moodle, and that your contact details on Moodle are current. Lecture notes, information regarding required and recommended readings, links to useful websites, and other helpful material will be made available through Moodle. If a resource is uploaded to Moodle, it is assumed that you have access to it.

Notices are sent to the class via Moodle frequently. If a notice is sent out via Moodle, it is assumed that you have received it.

If, for any reason, you are unable to access Moodle, please advise Johanna so alternative arrangements can be made until you do have access.

Students are expected to utilise the resources available on Moodle as relevant, but must also undertake independent research to locate further material for assessments and other aspects of the paper. Reading a range of academic material relevant to the topic is crucial to adequately completing any assessment.

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Workload

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This paper is worth 15 points. As a full semester workload is 60 points, students should expected to devote 25% of a fulltime workload to this paper i.e. an average of ten hours per week throughout the entire semester, including undertaking each week's readings, attending lectures and workshops, engaging with the online material, and reading, researching and writing for assessments.

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: 15 points at 100 or 200 level in SOCIO or GNSEX coded papers

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