Soc 340 Syllabus


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THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT STONY BROOK Department of Sociology Sociology of Human Reproduction DEC H Catherine Marrone, Ph.D. SOC/WST 340 SBS S429 Tel: 631-632-4883 Fall 10 W 6:55-9:55 pm Harr 137 Office Hrs Mon 2:30-3:30 Fri 9:30-10:30am (Also by appt) Graduate Teaching Assts: Tarun Banerjee Clayton Fordahl (Office Hrs: Tues: 3:30-5:00, Wed: 11:00-12:30) For complete Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching Assistant information see Blackboard. This course is about the connections between the biological and social (structural) processes of reproduction. After analyzing the various intentions of reproduction we will examine how these meanings change cross-culturally and over time. Several central themes like female autonomy, socio- economic structure and long term demographic consequences are continuous throughout the course. As we look globally at a woman’s participation in society we will see the links between her power in the social structure and her command over reproduction. The final section of the course will focus on the ethical debates surrounding reproduction in a time of intense scientific and technologic advancement. Special topics, including the history of childbirth and birth control in the US, the Eugenics movement and the Human Genome Project, provide excellent opportunities for the application of the sociological perspective and analyses. Requirements/ Grading: There are several sources for reading material. The majority of the material is compiled in a “Reader” available at (Additional ordering instructions will be posted on Blackboard.) There are also two books for the course that are available at “Stony Books” and at the [main] campus bookstore: The Lost Daughters of China and The Case Against Perfection . We will also provide several required readings on Blackboard (and will announce, in class, these postings to Blackboard). In addition to the reading, there will be a series of films shown in class. All reading, film and lecture material are considered testable. Students are strongly advised not to miss classes. Since class meets [only] once weekly, absenteeism will present real problems of content continuity. Moreover, any changes
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