WOMENSTD 324 - Childbirth & Culture
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
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, focusing on the distinctive sociocultural configurations of childbirth practices and beliefs in several different contexts and geographic locations including Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. 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.

Course Requirements:

Students’ work will be evaluated through a book review, a film review, a number of written home assignments, class participation, a mid-term and a final exam.

WOMENSTD 324 - Childbirth & Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
22599
Open
48
 
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MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
002 (DIS)
P
22600
Open
6
 
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M 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
22601
Open
10
 
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M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
22602
Open
4
 
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Tu 12:00PM - 1:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
22603
Open
15
 
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W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
006 (DIS)
P
22604
Open
1
 
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W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
22605
Open
12
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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