Course Name: Bodies in Society
Instructor: Avery Tompkins
We all have a physical body that we inhabit and attend to every day. What changes when we move away from seeing the body as strictly biological, and instead consider the body to be part of the social realm, infused with cultural meaning, constructing and being constructed by social norms? This course argues that the body is at the core of all human experience and is inherently social. Given that, we’ll focus on how our bodies intersect with issues of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, religion, resistance, and technology from global perspectives.