Department of Sociology

SOC385 SOCIOLOGY OF THE BODY

Course Code: 2320385
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 6.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Assist.Prof.Dr IRMAK KARADEMİR HAZIR
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

Deconstruction of the main social references (from religion to fashion, from sexuality to death) that surround, shape and control our bodies is the main concern of the course together with a critique of the now prevalent discourse of the performing self.

Course Content

Lacanian construction of the subject as a social product. Passage from biological creature to cultural subject as sexualized beings. Self, body and ethics. Socio-historical filters through which we perceive our bodies and bodily reality. Deconstruction of the main references (from religion to fashion; from sexuality to death) that surround, shape and control our bodies. Critique of the now prevalent discourse of the performing self.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be equipped with the Lacanian construction of the subject as a social product in which the passage from biological creature to cultural subject as sexualised beings occurs. They will also enlarge their knowledge of self, body and socio-historical filters through which we perceive our bodies and bodily reality.