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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Dr Michael Hau


Previously coded HSY4370


The unit draws on work from a wide range of historical fields. Students will analyse how representations of the body and practices centred on the body (eg. exercising, tattooing etc.) have influenced people's understandings of class, race, and gender. In discussing the representations of grotesque, normal, and beautiful bodies, the unitexplores mechanisms of symbolic inclusion and exclusion from imagined communities. The relationship between the reproductive and productive bodies of men and women will be another focus. In addition, the unit will discuss the enabling of the body and mind through modern practices of performance enhancement.


Students who have completed the unit will1) Be able to distinguish between different approaches in the historiography dealing with the body2) Know how to critically assess these approaches3) Discuss their heuristic potential4) Formulate their own positions on key issues based on a critical engagement with the historiography and relevant primary sources.5) Be able to review monographs published in the field6) Develop an independent research project in the field7) Situate their own work within larger historiographical debates


Written work: 90%
Tutorial participation: 10%

Contact hours

Twelve 2-hour seminars


APG4291, APG5291