United Kingdom, Brighton

Anthropology of the Body

when 18 July 2016 - 11 August 2016
duration 4 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1520

This module provides you with a solid theoretical grounding of the anthropological literature related to the body and you will consider how different societies and cultures portray and experience the human body. At the same time you will undertake practical participant-observation to see how theory is translated into reality. These ethnographic exercises might take you into tattoo parlours, the Brighton Pier, to burlesque performances, yoga, salsa, mixed martial arts or to participate in Japanese tea ceremonies to explore the implications of our understanding of the body. At the same time you will meet once a week to watch ethnographic movies or documentaries highlighting the cultural diversity in constructing and viewing the body.

Course leader

Barbara Holler

Target group

The University of Sussex International Summer School welcomes applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Although most of you will be currently enrolled at a university or college, we also welcome applicants who have been away from education for some years, as well as highly committed senior high school students - for some courses a good general education, an open mind and lots of enthusiasm are the main qualifications. For some other courses you will see that prerequisites are listed - applicants for these courses are expected to submit transcripts to demonstrate that they have taken, or are currently taking, the necessary precursors.

Course aim

The International Summer School provides an opportunity to meet and study with people from different countries and cultures, on a cosmopolitan campus. The large range of courses on offer allows you to get ahead with credit in core courses, or simply to experiment with something new.

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
Summer School courses carry 15 credits and last for four weeks. Since the standard annual load for a Sussex student is 120 credits, this means that each course is equivalent to 4 semester hours or 7.5 ECTS credits. Students can take only one course per session, as the courses are intensive. You can expect to spend 25 to 35 hours each week on your course between attending classes, labs and workshops, as well as time spent outside class preparing the readings and assignments. You can find information about the courses offered by the International Summer School through our course directory or courses by subject pages of our website.

Fee info

GBP 1520: Tuition only (one four session)
GBP 2820: Tuition (both four weekly sessions)


The University of Sussex offers a limited number of scholarships for participation in the ISS in the form of partial fee waivers to students from developing countries who have high potential for future leadership in their field of study or career.