Spring 2019 HC 233H: History of U.S. Reproductive Politics

Spring Term, 2018-2019

Professor: Jamie Bufalino

4.00 credits

  • CRN 32519: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 - 13:20 @ CHA 301

The purpose of this class is to examine the history of U.S. law and social policy as well as individual attitudes and decision-making concerning human reproduction.  Our analysis will address the impact of changing attitudes toward gender, race, ethnicity, class, science, religion, sexuality, & sexual orientation on reproductive politics in U.S. history.  We will assess contested discourses regarding who has power over matters pertaining to sex and reproduction.  Course readings will include both scholarly texts as well as primary documents.  The course will be comprised of regular “mini lectures” to place course readings in historical context followed by extensive class discussion of course readings. Students will conduct original research culminating in a historical paper and will present their work to fellow students at the end of the term.