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Last approved: Tue, 27 Oct 2020 19:20:35 GMT

Last edit: Fri, 09 Oct 2020 00:52:06 GMT

Spring 2021
College of Arts and Sciences
Reproductive Justice: Bodies, Health, and Society
Reproductive Justice
Reproductive justice as a framework for analyzing issues of bodily autonomy and human rights. With emphasis on contemporary U.S. society, the course will survey the medicalization of birth, the spectrum of birth work, and the rights of pregnant and parenting people, acknowledging that reproduction is an experience that goes beyond the gender binary. The course centers on the scholarship and narratives of historically marginalized identities, particularly the sociocultural context of African American women in reproductive politics. Reproductive justice is also a social movement that seeks equity beyond birth through the alleviation of social ills linked to institutional racism and other mechanisms of oppression, including heterosexism. This course situates the body and reproductive experience as one that is socially constructed and shaped by social location (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, citizenship status, age, ability, or religion) to regulate bodily autonomy.
SOAN 100 or 110.
Consent of Instructor is always required.
Variable Credit
Once Only
Elective for program?

Required for program?

Letter Grade with Credit/No Credit Option
Is there a course fee?
An adjunct faculty member or instructor

Course Type

Course Type - Major/Minor

Should the course satisfy a major or minor requirement or elective?
Satisfies an elective for the major or minor
SOAN major
GEND minor

Course Designations

Is the course being proposed to meet the Connect-Portland designation?

Course Scheduling (Including Lab, Studio and Discussion/Conference Time)

Does your course have a separately scheduled lab, discussion, conference or studio section that is associated with the lecture section?

Is this course being taught on an off-campus or overseas study program?

General Education Courses

Is this course intended to fulfill a General Education requirement?
Culture, Power, and Identity
Understand the historical context of reproductive justice as a modern social movement that emerged from the everyday work and knowledge projects of Women of Color.
Learn about the medicalization of birth and the role of birth as a site of racialization.
Critically engage with intersectional analyses that situate the body and reproductive experiences within the matrix of domination to interrogate power and privilege.



currently held library resources are adequate
no additional costs
Please explain in detail the reasons for adding or modifying this course. In your response, be sure to respond to the following:
Addition of course is due to our being able to hire a visitor for the spring term, this course will allow us to offer another 200-level course, something we are quite short on this term.
Allows us to offer a course that would likely be attractive to the Gender Studies program.
Allows us to follow comparable programs in offering courses with a focus on gender, something we have lacking due to retirements and loss of faculty for other reasons.
This course was approved and taught spring 2019.
Is this a field placement course?

Does this course require a regularly scheduled class room? (classes that do NOT require a regularly scheduled classroom are for example: field placement only course, thesis, independent study, etc.)

finchj (Mon, 28 Sep 2020 22:44:30 GMT): Further inquiry finds that the SOAN department believes the course may be applicable to GEND and proposal has been adjusted to include this course type per the SOAN dept. Please note that this course has been offered once before under the 298 (one-time offerings) number. Policy allows for the course to be offered only twice under this course number. If the instructor is a regular adjunct, and the department intends to offer it again, the course should be proposed under a regular course number.
kmerck (Tue, 06 Oct 2020 00:08:34 GMT): Edits made to conform to catalog style.
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