Biolegality: Human Bodies and the LawSemester Course

Biolegality Human Bodies and the Law DIS Stockholm Photo of Swedish Parliament
Major Discipline(s)
Criminology / Criminal Justice, Ethics, Legal Studies
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

This research course takes its point of departure from the intersection between bioethics, law, sociology, and social policy. You will be introduced to the legal and ethical frameworks that govern the human body, as well as the current controversies in biopolitics. Discussion topics range from reproductive technologies and organ transplantation to forensic medicine and crime. The course aims to promote dialogue and collaboration by bringing together students and instructors from different academic backgrounds. The course is divided into three modules: concepts and theories, methods and ethics, and research. The first module covers the central conceptual and theoretical frameworks of biolegality. You will then take your foundational understanding and explore various methodological approaches to studying the social problems that interest you the most, while also learning about the importance of ethical considerations in science. The final module is dedicated to individual and group work, where you will develop a research plan and carry out your own study, which will be presented at the end-of-semester research symposium.


Polina Smiragina-Ingelström

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD (2021, The University of Sydney), focusing on the gendered perspective on victimhood in the trafficking of men. MSc (2012, Gothenburg University), BA (2009, Moscow State University). Postdoctoral fellow in Criminology (Stockholm University). Polina’s research interests are within the disciplines of criminology and medical anthropology with a special focus on victimhood, gender, post-trafficking needs and help-seeking behavior. Before commencing her academic career Polina was a migrant counsellor and reintegration assistant at the UN Migration (IOM) mission in Russia. She was engaged in providing direct assistance to migrants in distress including victims of human trafficking and exploitation; and assistance in voluntary return and reintegration.  With DIS since 2016.

Sociology Polina Smiragina Ingelstöm