WOMENSTD 324 - Childbirth & Culture
Section: 001
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Advisory Prerequisites:
Sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
(Gender and Health).
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines childbirth from an anthropological perspective, focussing on the distinctive sociocultural configurations of childbirth practices and beliefs in several different societies. The cross-cultural study of childbirth not only provides the basis for an understanding of the cultural logic underlying these practices and beliefs, but also expands our knowledge of women’s perspectives on social change and on the medicalisation of childbirth. The course considers a range of childbirth-related topics including conception, the birthing process, childbirth rituals, postpartum care of mothers and newborns, fathers’ participation, miscarriage and infant mortality, changing childbirth practices, and the politics of childbirth relating to hospitalization and reproductive technologies. Based on reading and videos from studies of childbirth in African, Asian, European, Latin American, and North American societies, students’ work will be evaluated through one short paper, a book review, class participation, and a midterm and a final exam.

WOMENSTD 324 - Childbirth & Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
28779
Open
52
 
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MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
002 (DIS)
P
28780
Open
1
 
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M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
28781
Open
3
 
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Tu 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
28782
Open
12
 
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
28783
Open
12
 
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Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
28784
Open
1
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
28785
Open
15
 
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
008 (DIS)
P
28786
Open
8
 
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W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
009 (DIS)
P
28787
Closed
0
 
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W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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