Anthropology of Reproduction

Subject Name: 
Critical Social Inquiry
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Hampshire College
This course focuses on the biological and cultural components of reproduction from an evolutionary and cross-cultural perspective. Beginning with the evolution of the pelvis, this course examines the nutritional problems, growth and developmental problems, health problems, and the trauma that can affect successful childbirth. The birth process will be studied for reproductive females in the ancient world, historical trends in obstetrics, and worldwide rates of maternal mortality today will also be used to understand the risks that some birthers face. Birthing customs and beliefs will be examined for indigenous females in a number of different cultural contexts. We will examine the technocratic model of childbirth to understand the changing focus of birth as female centered to a medical condition, which needs to be controlled. In addition, we will consider changing understandings of the birthing body. Students will be required to present and discuss material and to work on a single large research project throughout the semester that relates to the course topic.
Independent Work Multiple Cultural Perspectives Writing and Research Prerequisite: Division I completed Students are expected to spend 6-8 hours weekly on work and preparation outside of class time.
Linked Course: 
Multiple required components--lab and/or discussion section. To register, submit requests for all components simultaneously.
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This course has unspecified prerequisite(s) - please see the instructor.
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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Course Sections

Anthropology of Reproduction
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0 Pamela Stone 10:30AM-11:50AM M;10:30AM-11:50AM W Franklin Patterson Hall 108;Franklin Patterson Hall 108