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Keeping the Body in Mind (ANTH20001)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeANTH20001
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces a wide range of anthropological interests in the human body from a comparative ethnographic perspective. It explores topics such as body image and eating disorders, trans/gendered bodies, sporting/dancing bodies, body modifications, consciousness and the body/mind continuum, commodified bodies, disabled bodies and body healing. We will investigate how the human body is individually and culturally constructed and socially experienced through a critical examination of a range of ethnographic and theoretical literature, as well as through the student's own bodily experiences and their exploratory field research.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Appreciate how a critical comparative perspective and a tradition of ethnographic enquiry can inform developments in theories of the body.
  • Articulate an understanding of a range of debates on the relations between bodies, minds, and the social, cultural and physical environments in which they circulate.
  • Be able to communicate effectively in a variety of written and oral formats.
  • Work reflexively and independently to appreciate the huge diversity of bodies in the world as well as a large (and sometimes challenging) range of beliefs, ideas and experiences people have with bodies and their parts.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Level 1 Anthropology or Development Studies

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ANTH10001 Anthropology: Studying Self and Other
Semester 1
DEVT10001 The Developing World
Semester 1

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • A 1500 word report (40%) due during the semester.
  • A 2500 word essay (60%) due during the examination period.
  • Hurdle requirement: Students must attend one 4 hour interactive body practice workshop and a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.
  • Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10 marks per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorTamara Kohn
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours30 contact hours: A two hour interactive lecture or panel presentation/discussion with visitors and a one hour tutorial per week. The interactive lecture and tutorial programs are staggered and cover the 12 weeks of semester. A 4 hour interactive body practice workshop on a selected topic is also required. This means that students should be sure that they are available for the full 4 hour block dedicated when required.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Readings will be provided online through the subject's LMS site prior to the commencement of semester.

    Recommended texts and other resources

    Additional readings will be provided online through LMS.

    Optional purchase of recommended texts from the University Bookshop - details will be provided in the subject guide at the beginnng of semester.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 10 August 2019