Topic outline

  • The goal of the course is to critically reflect the (bio)medical discourses on body, health and ʽnormalityʾ. The course explores how the representations of sex, gender, race, ethnicity and sexuality are constructed in those discourses and how are they reflected in the practice of medicine as social institution. The aim of the course is to critically evaluate the relationship between techniques of (bio)power and scientific knowledge concerning body and health and how those knowledge help to reproduce or deconstruct various forms of inequalities.

  • 1. Body and the discourses of biomedicine

  • 2. The concept of ʽnormalityʾ in natural sciences

  • 3. Producing the knowledge about body and nature – the role of historical and social context

  • 4. Biological determinism and social sciences

  • 5. Changes in discourses on sex differences

  • 6. Concepts of ʽnaturalʾ biological difference

  • 7. Research on sex and gender differences

  • 8. Body, power and control

  • 9. Biopower

  • 10. Biopolitics

  • 11. Changing faces of biopolitics in twenty-first century

  • 12. Techniques of biopolitics: eugenics, Chinaʼs one-child policy

  • 13. Techniques of biopolitics: prenatal testing

  • 14. Challenges to contemporary bioethics