• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Gender Studies
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course examines health and illness as embodied experiences profoundly influenced by cultural norms of gender and sexuality and by contemporary notions of risk and self-management. It will combine theoretical explorations of the body, subjectivity and risk with case studies of reproductive health, sexual dysfunction, ‘male’ and ‘female’ cancers, and body image disorders. The course will also examine different representations of illness and disease and the meanings they produce. How is the disordered body represented in genres such as medical imaging, documentary photography and illness autobiographies?

Indicative Assessment

3,000 - 4,000 words of written work and tutorial participation (100%).

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Normally offered in alternate years
10 x 1.5 hour lectures, 3 x 2 hour lecture/activity sessions and 12 x 1 hour tutorials
Lectures will be taped.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed GEND1001 or GEND1002 or SOCY1002 or SOCY1004, or with permission of the convenor.

Preliminary Reading

* Shildrick Margrit with Janet Price (1999) 'Openings on the Body: A Critical Introduction' in Janet Price and Margrit Shildrick (eds), Feminist Theory and the Body: A Reader.
* Bordo, Susan (1993) ‘Whose Body is This? Feminism, Medicine and the Conceptualization of Eating Disorders in Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture and the Body.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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