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Reproductive Politics and the Family in Africa

HIST 302
Spring 2020 not offered
Crosslisting: FGSS 303
Certificates: African Studies Minor
Course Cluster: African Studies, African Studies Minor

This course will introduce students to broad discourses and issues related to reproduction and the family in modern Africa. We will study maternal health and technologies of reproduction, but for us reproduction will be an object of historical inquiry. One of the driving questions for this course will be how reproduction has been given meaning socially. How have African societies understood abortion, infanticide, or other medical means of controlling fertility and childbirth? What has been the relationship between the family and the state? We will also examine ideas about sexuality and love, changing notions of parenthood, and what constitutes an ideal family. Finally, we will interrogate how these ideas influenced political practices and ideologies and, in turn, changed conceptions of motherhood, fatherhood, and the family.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFST-MN)(FGSS)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(HRAD-MN)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)

Last Updated on SEP-28-2023
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