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Body, Emotions, and Culture Syllabus
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sociology of emotion
sociology of the body
social psychology
race and the body
gender and the body
race and emotion
gender and emotion

How to Cite

Cottingham, Marci. 2023. “Body, Emotions, and Culture Syllabus”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, May. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


The sociology of emotion and the sociology of the body are two relatively new and relatively niche specialities within the discipline, but in their combination in this course they introduce students to new ways of thinking about the links between society and the individual. This course was recently revised to target upper-level undergraduate students,...

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Describe and compare theoretical approaches to the sociology of the body and emotions
  2. Describe and apply research methods in the study of the body and emotions (including interviews, observations,
    diaries, and content analysis)
  3. Critically assess the implications of the body and emotion for sociology in general
  4. Integrate empirical research on the body and emotion with other subfields in the discipline (gender, race/ethnicity, media and digitalization, occupations, health, politics)
  5. Offer sociological analyses (including application and critique) in discussions, written work, and presentations

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Reflection paper
  2. Conference report
  3. Research presentation
  4. Research proposal

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