Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Anthropology of the Body

Module L6100

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module explores the body from an anthropological perspective, and considers how different societies and cultures conceptualise and experience the human body. In recent years, anthropologists and other academics have become increasingly interested in the body, including authors such as Foucault and Bourdieu. Some draw upon Merleau-Ponty's phenomenological approach with its emphasis on the senses, while others attempted to resolve the tensions between experience and agency. The module asks how the body represents a challenge for anthropological research, and explores recent ethnographic contributions to this field. We consider the body as a site on which social and cultural processes are inscribed, where power relations converge and are articulated, and as a site where agency is performed. Materials are drawn from both non-Western and Western societies.

Module learning outcomes

To demonstrate understanding of the major theoretical approaches to the body

To demonstrate coherent knowledge of how different cultures conceptualise and experience the human body

To have a systematic understanding of the key methodological issues of researching and representing bodily experiences and practices

To be able to critically analyse and assess anthropological approaches to the body

To be able to construct and present arguments about the body and society in both written and verbal form, using theoretical and empirical data

Portfolio (4000 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 1 Thu 16:00100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterSeminar3 hours111110111111

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Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor

Prof Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner


Dr Alice Wilson

Assess convenor

Miss Susan Chater

Assess convenor

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