School of Global Studies

Anth of Fertility, Reproduction & Health (L6094)

Anthropology of Fertility, Reproduction and Health

Module L6094

Module details for 2017/18.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

The module uses social and cultural perspectives to examine academic and policy work in the area of reproduction, sexuality and health. It draws on the insights of medical anthropology, especially in relation to the body, gender and power, to critically reflect on reproduction, sexuality and health issues across the global North and South. A particular concern is with the existence and experience of sexual and reproductive inequalities in diverse social and cultural settings. Contrary to popular belief, reproduction is a process which is as much about men as it is about women, and is studied in the context of, for example, male fertility/infertility, masculinity, fatherhood and male sexual health. The module builds upon the theoretical perspectives introduced in the second year on kinship, procreation, social reproduction, sexuality, personhood, reproductive technologies, human rights and applied anthropology.

Module learning outcomes

In depth knowledge of the anthropological approaches to fertility and infertility

The ability to critically analyse cultural understandings of sexuality, reproduction and health

Anthropological expertise in maternal and sexual health in different social, economic and cultural contexts

Application of anthropological and cross cultural knowledge to the area of health planning and policy

The skills to handle material from different analytic perspectives and to apply academic concepts towards practical ends

Essay (4000 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 1 Thu 16:00100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

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Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours111110111111

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Miss Susan Chater

Assess convenor

Prof Maya Unnithan


Dr Geert De Neve

Assess convenor

Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor

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