Five College Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Recommended Courses


Students are encouraged to consult with a campus advisor for the certificate to identify courses that are appropriate for their interests.

Students pursuing the Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice certificate are advised to review their RHRJ course choices with their certificate advisor before finalizing their course plans.

RHRJ students are required to take a total of 6 courses from the following distribution requirements.

  • one foundational course
  • one transnational/global course
  • one upper level course (300 level or above)

AND

  • 3 additional courses from any of category

The list of courses below is subject to change during the pre-registration period as additional information is available. 



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Fall 2021 Foundational Courses

Foundational courses have 90–100% reproductive health, rights, and justice content and introduce students to reproductive politics, including the reproductive health, rights and justice frameworks; introduce students to thinking intersectionally about reproductive issues, for example, how gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, disability and nationality intersect to shape women’s experiences of reproductive oppression, and their resistance strategies; and teach students to think systemically about reproductive issues, rather than just individually, that is, about the impact of reproductive politics not only on individuals, but also on communities, and how social, economic, legal and political conditions impact reproduction. The material may be covered through any disciplinary or interdisciplinary lens, including history, sociology, legal studies, public policy, women, gender and sexuality studies, political science, journalism, religious studies, American studies, transnational studies, etc. 

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2021
Subj Abbr Course # Sect #sort descending Course Title Instructor(s) Meeting Times Institution
NURSING 398I 01 Maternal-Newborn Nursing:Pract Katharine Green 1:00AM 1:00AM UMass Amherst
NURSING 325 01 Maternal-Newborn Nursing Katharine Green F 8:00AM 9:50AM UMass Amherst
WGSS 230 01 Politics of Reproduction Laura Briggs TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM UMass Amherst
NURSING 398I 02 Maternal-Newborn Nursing:Pract Nora Lynn Holland 1:00AM 1:00AM UMass Amherst
NURSING 398I 03 Maternal-Newborn Nursing:Pract Nora Lynn Holland 1:00AM 1:00AM UMass Amherst
NURSING 398I 04 Maternal-Newborn Nursing:Pract Sarah Missildine 1:00AM 1:00AM UMass Amherst
NURSING 398I 05 Maternal-Newborn Nursing:Pract Maud Low M TU W TH F 1:00AM 1:00AM UMass Amherst

Fall 2021 Transnational/Global Courses

Transnational/Global courses have at least 25% reproductive health, rights, and justice content with a transnational/global (i.e., non-U.S.) focus.

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2021
Subj Abbr Course # Sect #sort descending Course Title Instructor(s) Meeting Times Institution
ANTHRO 494BI 01 Global Bodies Elizabeth Krause TH 10:00AM 11:15AM; TU 10:00AM 11:15AM; TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM UMass Amherst
WGSS 230 01 Politics of Reproduction Laura Briggs TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM UMass Amherst
POSC 160 01 Sexualities in IR Manuela Picq TTH 01:00PM-02:20PM Amherst College
SWAG 160 01 Sexualities in IR Manuela Picq TTH 01:00PM-02:20PM Amherst College
ANTHR 240 01 Medical Anthropology Pamela Stone MW 10:00AM-11:15AM Mount Holyoke College
GNDST 210SL 01 Women & Gender in Islam Amina Steinfels TTH 01:45PM-03:00PM Mount Holyoke College
CSI 0265 1 Theories of Racial Capitalism Stephen Dillon 02:30PM-03:50PM TU;02:30PM-03:50PM TH Hampshire College

Fall 2021 Additional Courses

Additional courses have at least 25% reproductive health, rights, and justice content, as defined above.

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2021
Subj Abbr Course # Sect #sort descending Course Title Instructor(s) Meeting Times Institution
CST 249RP 01 Race, Racism, and Power Vanessa Rosa TTH 10:00AM-11:15AM Mount Holyoke College
SOC 236 01 New Global Political Economy Payal Banerjee TU TH 1:20 PM - 2:35 PM Smith College
SWG 150 01 Intro Study of Women & Gender Elisabeth Brownell Armstrong M W F 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM Smith College
HISTORY 297WL 01 ST-Women and the Law Jennifer Nye TU TH 1:00PM 2:15PM UMass Amherst
LEGAL 297WL 01 ST- Women & the Law Jennifer Nye TU TH 1:00PM 2:15PM UMass Amherst
SWG 222 01 Gender, Law and Policy Carrie N. Baker M W F 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM Smith College
WGSS 201 01 Gender&Diff: Critical Analyses Miliann Kang TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM UMass Amherst
SWG 241 01 White Supremacy/Age of Trump Loretta Ross TU TH 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Smith College
WGSS 395J 01 S- Imagining Justice Laura Ciolkowski M W 2:30PM 3:45PM UMass Amherst
SWG 377 01 S:Femnist Publc Writng:Calderw Carrie N. Baker TH 1:20 PM - 4:00 PM Smith College
WGSS 392AA 01 S-Asian American Feminisms Miliann Kang TU TH 1:00PM 2:15PM UMass Amherst
WGSS 793R 01 S- Politics of Reproduction Laura Briggs TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM UMass Amherst
ANTH 245 01 Medical Anthropology Christopher Dole TTH 11:30AM-12:50PM Amherst College
ARHA 385 01 Witch/Vampire/Monster Karen Koehler TTH 01:00PM-02:20PM Amherst College
BLST 416 01 Econ of Race and Gender Jessica Reyes TTH 01:00PM-02:20PM Amherst College
ECON 416 01 Econ of Race and Gender Jessica Reyes TTH 01:00PM-02:20PM Amherst College
ENGL 276 01 Remixing and Remaking Aneeka Henderson WF 12:00PM-01:20PM Amherst College
ENGL 368 01 Discipline and Defiance Aneeka Henderson WF 01:30PM-02:50PM Amherst College
EUST 385 01 Witch/Vampire/Monster Karen Koehler TTH 01:00PM-02:20PM Amherst College
HIST 436 01 Race, Gender, Sexuality Jen Manion T 01:30PM-04:15PM Amherst College

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