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Syllabus for Sociology of the Body

Abstract:

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This syllabus is for a course that examines the body and embodiment through a sociological lens. It is designed as a special topics sociology course for students of all majors and educational levels. The assessments used in this course reflect this diverse body of students. Key themes explored in this course include: defining what counts as a body, visible and hidden embodiments, structural processes that contain and restrain bodies, categorizing bodies, marginalization of anomalous bodies, working bodies, embodying resistance, bodily transformations, microscopic body parts, embodiment without bodies, and the life and death of the body. The course convened during an intensive one-month term that met for three hours over four days a week during January, but the syllabus may also be adapted for a traditional semester or quarter terms. This syllabus aims to help students apply critical thinking skills in analyzing and deconstructing sociological meanings of the body.

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Resource Type(s):
Syllabus 
Author(s):
Elroi J. Windsor, Salem College 
Date Published:
3/19/2013 
Subject Area:
Other 
Class Level:
Any 
Class Size:
Medium 
Language:
English 


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Appropriate for use in a college-level Sociology of the Body and Embodiment course. Designed for all majors and levels; can be adapted for semester and quarter terms. 40% of the course grade is based on pass/no credit components. During class, I explain grading criteria more in depth. I stress that...

Learning Goals and Assessments:

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Goal 1:
Students will learn how to analyze the body and embodiment through a sociological lens.
Assessment 1:
Students will submit daily responses that demonstrate an understanding of the sociological readings. Students will complete an experiential learning activity and will lead class once during the term to facilitate a sociological analysis of the body.
Goal 2:
Students will gain the ability to evaluate controversial issues related to the body and embodiment, carefully considering arguments from multiple perspectives.
Assessment 2:
Students will complete in-class participation activities designed to facilitate active engagement with complex issues related to the body and embodiment.
Goal 3:
By the end of this course, students will be able to apply critical thinking skills in analyzing and deconstructing sociological meanings of the body.
Assessment 3:
Students will take an exam that requires critically thinking about material from assigned readings and class content. Students will complete one 5-page paper designed to apply sociological research to core concepts.

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