Courses & Units

Sociology of Reproduction HGA209


May be taken as a Gender Studies unit


This unit considers how culture and social structures shape reproduction. We will examine the contested meanings of reproduction, including how individuals plan for and experience reproduction, how social meanings influence biological understandings of reproduction, and social understandings of who should and should not reproduce (and under what circumstances).
This unit will also consider social policy issues related to reproduction in Australia and abroad. Drawing upon contemporary sociological and feminist scholarship, films, images, and discussions, we will explore a range of topics including (in)fertility, menstruation, reproductive technologies, pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and fatherhood.


Unit name Sociology of Reproduction
Unit code HGA209
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Dr Meredith Nash

Teaching staff

 Dr Meredith Nash

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


Teaching Pattern

1 x 2 hour lecture weekly, 1 hour tutorial fortnightly


1500 word essay (25%),
3500 word essay (40%),
take home exam (25%),
tutorial participation (10%)

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