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Investigates critical theories of the body in order to examine how the human body has been used as an object of medicine and a form of social control. The content in the course combines theories of the body rooted in feminist studies and sociology of health and illness with foundations in the method of content analysis. In the course, students will use their methodological training to launch their own investigation of the body as a social construction with complex meanings related to gender, race, sexuality, and social class. Topics covered may include weight, sex assignment, beauty, athletics, illness, and ability.
Prerequisite: Any Sociology 100 level or above or consent of instructor.