The Body in Culture

Programme Code: CLIT2016

Faculty of: Arts

Targeted Students: HKU Undergraduate, HKU Postgraduate, Non HKU Undergraduate, Non HKU Postgraduate

Area of Interest: Arts

Credits: 6

Programme Period: June 21, 2021 to July 2, 2021

Programme Fee: HKD 16,400

Discount(s) on Programme Fee:

10% Partner Discount
5% Early Bird Discount (Deadline: April 30, 2021)

* All discounts are NOT in conjunction with any other discounts.

Deadline for Application: June 7, 2021

Online Application: APPLY NOW


The application procedure of this programme is separated from HKUSI application system. You will be required to apply and pay all fees separately. For more information, please visit the programme link.

For HKU students, please visit here for the application procedures.

Course Description:

How do bodies matter? Our goal in this course is to attempt to answer this question by examining feminist, queer, and social body theory. We begin with metaphors of the body and corporeal orientations as method for charting a trajectory through topics of normativity and the docile, deviancy, sexed and raced bodies, inscription and embodiment, and the very notion of the human itself. Throughout this course, we will push the limits of what we think we know about our own bodies, using the readings and course materials to continuously reflect back on how we understand our own bodies and what potentialities we can create and embody. We move through four parts in this course, beginning with orientations before diving deep into normality and the docile body, technologies of the body, and materiality. We end by considering how we can intervene in normalizing body discourses, using the genres of performance art and memoirs to make these connections. In thinking about the body, questions and paradoxes we will address include: is there a pre-social body? What is the relationship between biology, culture, and the body? How does inscription and embodiment take place? How is the body a site of power? In what ways can we embodied beings resist and move?

Course Outline:


Programme Schedule:

Monday – Friday 09:30 – 12:30

Programme Link:—humanities/undergraduate-level/undergraduate-programmes-session-a

For enquires, please contact Faculty of Arts General Office:
Phone:  +852 3917 8977


• You understand that you must be available for the entire duration of the programme, from the start to the end of the programme. 20% absence is allowed for emergencies or sick leave with legitimate reason and official letterhead proof for the absence. Students have the responsibility to contact the programme coordinator and/or teacher concerned about this ahead of time. No exceptions will be made, unless prior approval has been given. You are expected to be punctual for all classes and tutorials. Unexcused cases of lateness may count as absence. Students who fail to achieve an 80% of attendance or absence without legitimate reason and official letterhead proof for the absence will not be awarded the HKU Credits or the Certificate of Completion.