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. 

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2021

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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.

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Fall 2021 Additional Courses

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

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Fall
Year: 
2021
Subj Abbr Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Meeting Times Institution
WGSS 201 02 Gender&Diff: Critical Analyses Signe Predmore TU TH 2:30PM 3:45PM UMass Amherst
WGSS 392AA 01 S-Asian American Feminisms Miliann Kang TU TH 1:00PM 2:15PM UMass Amherst
WGSS 395J 01 S- Imagining Justice Laura Ciolkowski M W 2:30PM 3:45PM UMass Amherst
WGSS 793R 01 S- Politics of Reproduction Laura Briggs TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM UMass Amherst

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