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Sociology of the Body and Sexualities

Code 13173
Year 3
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements n.a.
Learning outcomes Understand and think of the body as a social entity, shaped by social structure and institutions
(ii) critically analyse how the body is constructed, how debates about the body are framed and what impacts they have on individuals
(iii) Understand how society influences each person's sexuality and sexual identities and the impact of agency on changing social interpretations of sexuality(s)
iv) Discuss how the study of sexuality(s) contributes to the understanding of society, because sexuality is a socially and culturally constructed and strongly regulated issue.

Syllabus 1) Sociology of the body: an introduction
2) Body, self and society: the body as a social entity
3) Fundamental Concepts for the Study of the Sociology of Sexualities
4) Sexuality(s) and daily life
5) Sex, Morality and the Social Regulation of Sexuality
Main Bibliography Le Breton, David (2012) Sociologia do Corpo, Petrópolis: Editora Vozes, 6ª edição
Howson, Alexandra (2004) The body in society: an introduction, Cambridge, Polity
Foucault, Michel (1994). História da Sexualidade I, II; III, IV (excertos selecionados). [1976] Lisboa: Relógio d’Água
Aboim, Sofia (2013) A Sexualidade dos Portugueses. Coleção Ensaios nº 36. Lisboa: FFMS

Other texts for analysis in the classroom and for the individual work will be made available by the teachers.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-01-18

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