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COURSE SYLLABUS

Eugenics Tree, 1921. displayed at University of Missouri International Eugenics Congresses  https://library.missouri.edu/exhibits/eugenics/congresses.htm    Image description: a tree that reads “eugenics” on a banner at the top. The roots all have different disciplines written on them, from left to right: anatomy, physiology, biology, psychology, genetics, mental testing, anthropometry, history, geology, anthropology, archaeology, ethnology, geography, law, politics, statistics, economics, biography, genealogy, education, religion, sociology, psychiatry, surgery, and medicine. to the left of the tree text reads “eugenics is the self direction” and on the right “of human evolution”. Beneath the tree text reads “like a tree eugenics draws its materials from many sources and organizes them into an harmonious entity.”

Eugenics Tree, 1921. displayed at University of Missouri International Eugenics Congresses https://library.missouri.edu/exhibits/eugenics/congresses.htm

Image description: a tree that reads “eugenics” on a banner at the top. The roots all have different disciplines written on them, from left to right: anatomy, physiology, biology, psychology, genetics, mental testing, anthropometry, history, geology, anthropology, archaeology, ethnology, geography, law, politics, statistics, economics, biography, genealogy, education, religion, sociology, psychiatry, surgery, and medicine. to the left of the tree text reads “eugenics is the self direction” and on the right “of human evolution”. Beneath the tree text reads “like a tree eugenics draws its materials from many sources and organizes them into an harmonious entity.”

GWS 487: FEMINIST INTERPRETATIONS OF HEALTH

COURSE OFFERED TO PUBLIC HEALTH, ANTHROPOLOGY, GENDER AND WOMEN’S STUDIES, and SOCIOLOGY.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course aims to expand our normative understandings of ‘health,’ through questioning “Who has access to health? What are the social, cultural, physical, financial & behavioral barriers that block this access? Whose bodyminds are conceptualized as ‘healthy,’ and what is the role of eugenics in creating this ‘ideal’ bodymind? How is ‘health’ currently commodified and sold to consumers? And, how can we re-think and re-imagine health to center those who are the most marginalized?” This course will build a feminist critique of ‘health’ through engaging fields such as critical disability studies, critical race studies, and reproductive justice, alongside current medical research, government websites, mainstream media articles, creative writing and poetry. Through using an intersectional framework, we will examine health and access disparities within the medical industrial complex and learn to apply this framework to our respective fields of study.

Download the PDF for this course (2019)

Contact Sav at sav@queerfutures.com if you would like access to any of the assigned readings or to their PowerPoint lectures.