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Standard Academic Year
Course delivery methods
Medicine & dentistry
Medical School (FM)
São Paulo, Pinheiros campus
Course Offering Year
Course Offering Month
January - January
Weekday and Period
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Body in Perspective in Collective Health University of Sao Paulo

Course Overview

The subject of the body is classic in the Human and Social Sciences with contributions from different disciplinary fields such as Anthropology, History and Sociology. In the country, the development of this area of __research and the consequent theoretical-conceptual consolidation gained momentum starting in the 1950s. Collective Health, as a field of knowledge and practices, has fostered the constitution of a growing and rich dialogue between the Health and humanities. In this sense, we present the proposal of a discipline on the body proposing the articulation of the disciplinary contributions of Anthropology, History and Sociology in the conformation of the thematic, at the same time, biological and cultural, related to the own social construction of the person and its relevance in the Processes conformed in the care, in the therapeutic practices, in the aesthetic interventions, in the suffering and the pain in face of the processes of illness and in the perception of the body in face of normative processes. The discipline has a theoretical and applied character, allowing to study the articulations of the subject under the referential of the disciplinary fields marked with its applications in the recent researches in the field of health, in addition to enabling, even if still basic, in the critical and reasoned reading of the Productions in the field of health that make use of the mentioned references.

Learning Achievement

1. Discuss the relationships between body, health, illness and care understood in their symbolic, social and historically constructed dimension; 2. Placing the studies on the body in the field of Human and Social Sciences, starting with the classic nature and culture dichotomy and inserting the contemporary critical debate of this tradition; 3. Contextualize the question of body and identity in the consumer society; 4. Present the concept of stigma and discuss its main repercussions in terms of prejudice, discrimination and exclusion for individuals and populations; 5. Present and discuss definitions about body, forms of care and curative or aesthetic interventions and their main repercussions in health studies; 6. Place the studies on sexuality and reproduction from the perspective of normative / therapeutic perspective on the subject, highlighting the contribution of gender studies in the understanding of the phenomenon that appears as a reference of articulation of the individual and the social, the subjective And the goal; 7. Analyze the relation body and work in contemporary society and its main repercussions in terms of needs of the productive system, training to the time of production, construction of subjectivities, illness and care.


Course prerequisites

Grading Philosophy

Participation and exercises in class. Written assessment _ individual test.

Course schedule

• Body as an object to think about the individual-society relationship in history; • Health-sickness and care in the socio-anthropological perspective; • Body, birth and death; • Corporalities and life cycles; • Body, reproduction and sexuality; • Biomedicine, medicalization and biopolitics of the body; • Work, body and subjectivity; • Body, pain and suffering; • Body, stigma, prejudice and rights.

Course type

Online Course Requirement


Andre Mota, Rosana Machin Barbosa, Maria Thereza Couto Falc_o

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