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2019-2020 Undergraduate Bulletin 
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WST 102 - (IS) Body Politics

Semester Hours: 3
Once a Year
This course addresses the various ways that people imagine, represent, regulate, and discipline their own and others’ bodies. For instance, how do understandings of the human body vary across cultures or at different historical moments within a culture? Whose bodies are privileged and whose bodies are marginalized? How are our bodies marked by social practices? We will consider how science and medicine, law, philosophy, literature, and the media contribute to individual and shared understandings of our bodies. We will also explore how claims regarding the natural facts of the human body have been used to organize, justify, enforce, and resist unequal social relations.

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