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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ANG6735
Tracking Number - 2632

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-10-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 5/6/13; pending revision to objectives, concurrence.Faculty emailed 5/10/13; course put in queue for revision. Ready to review. GC apprd 8/5/13. to USF Sys. To SCNS 8/23/13. Approved effective 10/1/14

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2011-10-04
  2. Department: Anthropology
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 120500000
  5. Contact Person: Heide Castaneda
  6. Phone: 8130742138
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ANG
  9. Number: 6735
  10. Full Title: Reproductive Health
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Reproductive health
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: none
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: An in-depth examination of major issues related to sexual and reproductive health in both domestic and international settings, with emphasis on perspectives from medical anthropology, public health, and women studies.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course is an elective for students in anthropology (both MA and PhD), as well as an elective for students in Public Health, biomedical ethics, nursing, sociology, and women studies, among others.

    Average student enrolment in past semesters has been 15.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Extensive theoretical and methodological knowledge in medical anthropology in general and in sexual and reproductive health, specifically.

    The instructor teaching the course needs a PhD degree.

  29. Objectives: Objectives:

    To examine epidemiological and social science data related to patterns of sexual and reproductive health in both domestic and international settings

    To explore social, economic and political factors that affect sexual and reproductive health throughout the world

    To explore theoretical and methodological perspectives from various disciplines (e.g., anthropology, public health, nursing) to the study of sexual and reproductive health

  30. Learning Outcomes: By the end of the course, the student should have a good understanding of the following:

    1. Epidemiological patterns in sexual and reproductive health, including maternal morbidity and mortality, infant morbidity and mortality, under five mortality, etc.

    2. Social, economic, political, cultural, and historical factors that impact sexual and reproductive health

    3. Value of multi-disciplinary perspectives to addressing issues of sexual and reproductive health.

  31. Major Topics: Basic epidemiological patterns in sexual and reproductive health; reproductive health as a human right; Anthropology and reproduction; State control, social control; pregnancy and prenatal care; childbirth; breastfeeding; infertility; sexually transmitted infections; circumcision; special populations.
  32. Textbooks: Khanna, S. (2010) Fetal/Fatal Knowledge: New Reproductive Technologies and Family-Building Strategies in India. Wadsworth.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Additional set of 50 articles from diverse disciplines
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: 4 article critiques (25%)

    Discussion session (25%)

    Research project (40%)

    Class participation (10%)

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Article Critiques: Throughout the semester, each student is expected to write critiques for any four articles from the reading list. These critiques should include but not necessarily be limited to- the following items: 1. A description of the goals, methodology, and main findings of the article (very short and to the point) 2. A discussion of the contribution the author(s) make(s) to the field of sexual/reproductive health, 3. A discussion of the strengths and/or weaknesses of the approach taken by the author(s), and 4.When applicable, a description of ways in which the study could be strengthened either by the use of anthropological approaches, or the inclusion of approaches from other disciplines. Critiques should relate the material under review to issues discussed in previous classes, or to the work of other authors. The critiques should be about four pages long, and should be submitted electronically prior to the date in which the article will be discussed in class

    Discussion sessions: Each student is required to be a discussion leader for one class period (about 75 minutes). Based on their own interest, students will choose the class in which they will lead the discussion. After a very thorough reading of the articles assigned for that specific class, the discussion leader will pose questions that facilitate critical thinking and open exchange of ideas in the group. The discussion should address ethical, methodological, theoretical, or applied issues. The discussion must also relate the materials to previous classes, or to the work of other authors. Students must find additional material to supplement the readings and must provide the class with at least three links to websites for organizations, research institutes, etc. that are relevant to the topic at hand.

    Research Project: Students will work in small teams (three members maximum) to conduct research on a reproductive health topic or population that is not covered in the course readings. The research project should be a combination of library research and qualitative data collection (mostly through individual interviews or focus groups). Since this is a class assignment, there is no need to go through the USF IRB process. However, students must obtain signed informed consent from the people they interview. Specifically, students will be responsible for the following:

    1. Conducting a literature search on the topic. This should include sources from a variety of disciplines and geographic areas to get as wide a breadth of approaches as possible.

    2. Identifying the way in which anthropologists and/or other social scientists have contributed to the understanding of the issue. Or, if no anthropologists have been involved, identifying ways in which anthropological approaches/methodologies could be used in this area of research.

    3. Assessing the community services that are available LOCALLY (at the city, county, or state level) to address the issue under study.

    4. Collecting first-hand qualitative data through individual interviews or focus groups.

    Each team will present its findings at the end of the semester, and will submit a 30 to 35 page project report. This report is due on the last day of classes. Each team will also provide their bibliographical references to the rest of the students via e-mail.

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Make up work will only be available in cases of justified, documented absences
  38. Program This Course Supports: MA, PhD, and Dual degree programs in Applied Anthropology
  39. Course Concurrence Information: No concurrences.

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