FFD 654 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Representation, Body and Politics
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
FFD 654
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
7.5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
Third Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s) -
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The aim of the course is to bring the concept of the body problematized in social sciences and humanities to the attention of graduate students in art and design.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Relate particular conceptions of the body to the social practices they enact or give shape.
  • Illustrate the ways bodies are represented in society through diverse visual forms and media.
  • Describe and analyze a bodily experience by utilizing one of the theoretical frameworks introduced through the course.
  • Distinguish between different techniques of the body with respect to the practices and ideologies they afford and sustain.
  • Perform a critical reading of a gendered bodily experience.
  • Identify multiple layers of meaning suggested by a designed and/or modified body.
Course Content The body has become an interdisciplinary field of inquiry in the last couple of decades. In this course, we will examine theoretical work that identify and problematize the ways our physical bodies are shaped by social, political and technological forces. The role of design is particularly significant in both empowering and regulating subjects with respect to their embodied experiences. In our technoculture of design, the body increasingly becomes the site for representation and political debate. The course is structured in weekly topics that address body in different contexts, both theoretical and lived.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to the Course None
2 The Social Body 1 Sue Scott and David Morgan (eds) – excerpts from “Body Matters” Nick Crossley – excerpts from “The Social Body: Habit, Identity, Desire”
3 The Social Body 2 Pierre Bourdieu - excerpts from “Chapter 3: The Habitus and the Space of Lifestyles”
4 The Sexual and Gendered Body Kathryn H. Anthony – excerpts from “Defined by Design: The Surprising Power of Hidden Gender, Age and Body Bias in Everyday Products and Places” Nick Crossley – “Consumption, Gender, and the Fashion-Beauty Complex” Judith Butler – excerpts from “Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of ‘Sex’” Alison Phipps – excerpts from “The Politics of the Body: Gender in a Neoliberal and Neoconservative Age”
5 Addressing the Body: Discourses of Dress Joanne Entwistle – “The Dressed Body” from Body Dressing edited by Joanne Entwistle and Elizabeth Wilson
6 Body Modifications Paul Sweetman- Anchoring the ( Postmodern) Self? Body Modification, Fashion and Identity/ Bodies of Change: A Comparative Analysis of Media Representations of Body Modification Practices Author(s): Josh Adams
7 The Technological Body, The Modified Body Donna Haraway – “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century” Scott Bukatman – “Replicants and Mental Life” Victoria L. Pitts – excerpts from “In the Flesh: The Cultural Politics of Body Modification”
8 Body and Power Judith Butler – “Bodies and Power, Revisited” Michel Foucault – Excerpts from “Discipline and Punish”, “Technologies of the Self” and “The Birth of Biopolitics”
9 Sculpting Perfection: Women and Bodybuilding Anne Balsamo – “ Feminist Bodybuilding” Excerpts from “ Women, Sport and Culture, watching Pumping Iron II
10 Supernatural Bodies: Display of Gender in the Superheroes’ Literature Friedrich Weltzien – “Masque-ulinites: Changing Dress as a Display of Masculinity in the Superhero Genre
11 The Political Body Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari – “Desiring Machines and Body Without Organs” Daniel Smith – “What is the Body Without Organs? Machine and Organism in Deleuze and Guattari” Giorgio Agamben – Excerpts from “Homo Sacer” and “The Use of Bodies” Alphonso Lingis – “The Society of Dismembered Body Parts”
12 The Virtual Body Katherine Hayles – excerpts from “How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics” – (audiotape cf) Scott Bukatman – excerpts from “Terminal Identity: The Virtual Subject in Post-Modern Science Fiction”
13 Queer Bodies Guest speaker
14 Body and Space Jane Rendell, Introduction: Gender, and Architectrure, excerpts from Gender Space Architecture: An Interdisciplinary Introduction.
15 Review Week
16 Final Submissions and Meeting

 

Course Notes/Textbooks

 

 

Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
4
20
Presentation / Jury
1
30
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
1
40
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
8
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
4
4
Presentation / Jury
1
10
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
Final Exam
1
20
    Total
222

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

to be able to develop scientific expertise and capabilities in the field of design studies by using creative and critical thinking as well as research skills; innovatively contributing to the discipline through new ideas, 

X
2

to be able to comprehend the interaction across various disciplines related to the field of design reaching at original conclusions via using new and complex analysis, synthesis and evaluation skills,

X
3

to be able to develop new strategic approaches to solve unforeseen complex issues in design practice through integrative and creative elaboration,

X
4

to be able to conduct independent research, analyze scientific phenomena through a broad, deep and critical perspective, arrive at new syntheses and evaluations in design discipline,

X
5

to be able to publish scientific articles in reputable refereed journals, present papers in scientific conferences in the field of design and its sub-disciplines,

X
6

to be able to develop effective communication skills to scientifically present and defend original ideas to an expert audience,

X
7

to be able to conduct affective team work in the field of design,

X
8

to be able to use the English language fluently for both comprehending scientific publications and developing proper communication with foreign colleagues,

X
9

to be able to contribute to the process of transforming into an " information society", by following the technological, social and cultural developments on both academic and professional grounds continuously,

X
10

to be able to develop skills of designing and producing unique models and products that will be certificated as registered design, trade mark and patents.

X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest