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The Body in History

Undergraduate | GRF-HSY209 | 2024

Look back at the attitudes and theories people have held about the body throughout recent history. Identify shifting attitudes to body health and beauty. Expose how attitudes have been shaped by considerations like gender, race and sexuality.

Study method
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
4 Mar 2024

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The Body in History

About this subject

  • At the completion of this subject you will be able to:

    1. identify the central aims and objectives of the body as a way to understand history;
    2. understand the place of the body in history in world historical context;
    3. recognise and compare the complexities and varieties within specific histories of medicine, health, embodiment, gender and difference;
    4. place the history of the body within the larger frameworks of transnational, imperial and colonial history;
    5. apply ways of thinking about bodies and the body to rethinking world history;
    6. employ analytical thinking skills and reflect critically and ethically on the above issues;
    7. analyse, evaluate and synthesis a range of historical images and texts;
    8. develop sustained, logical and informed arguments about the dynamics of the body in world history;
    9. appreciate and evaluate the variety of approaches to the body in world history;
    10. draw on a knowledge of history to understand the complexities and dynamics shaping, forging and limiting the body as a historical concept and lived experiences.

Entry requirements


Note: Level 2 subjects normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 subjects or other relevant experience.

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Arts

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