Anthropology of Fertility, Reproduction and Health (L6035)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

In this module, you use social and cultural perspectives to examine academic and policy work in the area of reproduction, sexuality and health.

You draw 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.

In this module, you build upon the theoretical perspectives introduced in your second year, about:

  • kinship
  • procreation
  • social reproduction
  • sexuality
  • personhood
  • reproductive technologies
  • human rights
  • applied anthropology.

The assessment for this module is a 7,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.


This module is offered on the following courses: