ANTH3049 - Reproduction, Fertility and Sex

Term 2


In this course students learn to apply different theoretical and disciplinary approaches to the study of contemporary issues in reproduction and fertility. Each week a different topic is examined from a multi-disciplinary perspective including social anthropology, biological anthropology, demography, biology and other disciplines. The course is a seminar based discussion with considerable student participation: students have to identify an article each week on the topic and be prepared to present their reading to the group. Topics covered are likely to include love, hormones and bonding; adolescent reproduction; reproductive loss (abortion, miscarriage and still birth); breastfeeding; infertility; contraception and contraceptive methods; different roles and priorities of men and women in reproduction; reproduction and migration.


Taught by: Prof Sara Randall
Assessment: 2 hour unseen written exam (60%) + 2200 words essay (40%)
Student Contact Hours:
2 hour seminar per week
Prerequisites: ANTH7005 Population Studies – With the exception of Intercalated BSc Medical Anthropology and affiliate students, those students who have not taken ANTH7005 will only be allowed to take this course if there are less than 25 students registered. If there are too many students a lottery will be held.
Option Type:
Biological Anthropology / Medical Anthropology

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