2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Reproduction, Birth, and Power

NEW! Last Updated: 02/23/2009

Spring quarter

Faculty: Laura Citrin psychology, gender studies, Carolyn Prouty health sciences, ethics, public health

Major areas of study include sociology, physiology, biomedical ethics, gender studies and public health.

Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.

Note: This 8-credit program will meet from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. First class will meet in Sem 2 C1107.

Why is the rate of caesarian section births rising? What are the ethical implications when parents choose for certain traits in embryo selection? How do our ideas of masculinity shape male reproductive health? How is infertility experienced differently by men, women and across race and class? This half-time program will explore the biological, historical, sociological, psychological and ethical issues related to reproduction and childbirth in the U.S. We will learn basic female and male reproductive physiology in humans, including the physical processes involved in birth. Through film, reading and discussion stimulated by multiple guest speakers from the community, students will examine the history and sociology of conception, pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period; ethical issues in fertility (including infertility) and obstetrics; power and hierarchy in reproductive health care; and breakthroughs in the technologies of reproduction. This program is appropriate for students interested in careers in medicine, midwifery, nursing, sociology or public health, as well as those interested in the personal and societal issues related to reproduction and birth.

Credits: 8 per quarter

Enrollment: 50

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in health sciences, sociology, gender studies and public health.

Planning Units: Programs for Freshmen, Scientific Inquiry, Society, Politics, Behavior and Change, 8-12 Credit Programs

Program Revisions

Date Revision
February 23rd, 2009 Spring Quarter class location added.