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History of Women, Race, and Health
FGSS 270
Spring 2008 not offered
Crosslisting: HIST 295, SISP 270

This course introduces students to the history of women and medicine from the 18th century to the present, centering on the United States but exploring recent scholarship on other times and places. We will explore how women from diverse social classes, races and ethnicities, and national origins functioned as healthcare providers - as domestic healers, nurses, physicians, and midwives. We also will examine the history of women as patients: How did women experience health and illness in the past? What expectations and norms shaped that experience? We will discuss how medical knowledge about women has changed, how ideas about gender have been constructed by the medical professions, and the processes by which race, class, and gender have become salient for making social distinctions between different groups of women in their social roles as providers and/or patients. The topics we will consider include medical views of women's bodies, maternal and child welfare policies, the racial politics of birth control and reproduction policies, the labor movement in nursing, the experiences of immigrant and poor women in seeking access to medical care in Europe and the United States, the history of black female physicians in the United States, and the class, gender, and racial politics of American medical professionalization and public health. The format of the course is lecture and discussion.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS FGSS
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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