Reproduction and Film

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Amherst College

(Offered as ANTH 300, SOCI 300 and SWAG 303) Reproductive Justice operates at the intersections of both reproductive rights and social justice. In its simplest form, it is a framework that addresses the right to have a child or not as well as the right to parent and raise a child in a healthy and safe environment. Using this framework as an analytical lens, this course seeks to examine representations of race and reproduction in film and media. Given growing national and international interest in maternal health disparities in the United States, reproduction and race currently sit center stage for broad public consumption. Yet, the exhibition of reproductive bodies is not a new phenomenon. This course will examine film (both documentary and popular) as well as other visual media presentations in order to extrapolate the ways in which film and media 1) have depicted historically and continue to depict reproduction, 2) perpetuate and/or challenge stereotypes and the status quo, and 3) (re)create and/or challenge systems of power and social hierarchy. Each week students will view a film and read a set of accompanying texts that will address a variety of topics related to race, reproduction, and health.

Limited to 18 students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor H. Cole.

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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Reproduction and Film
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Haile Cole M 02:00PM-04:45PM