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Posted: August 04, 2009

Women’s Studies is pleased to offer Feminism and Health with Professor Julia Seng during Fall 2009. This course will be an interdisciplinary experience and Women’s Studies students are very welcome. WS 801-001 will be offered on Mondays from 9 am to 12 pm. Individual students' work will be tailored to their scholarly interest in women's health.

This course will prepare students to investigate women’s health by focusing on what has been left out of health and health promotion theories, from the various disciplinary perspectives including, but not limited to, nursing, psychology, public health, and sociology. Students also will explore strategies for developing applicable theories of women’s health. We will study the intersection of health, nursing (and other health-related disciplines), and feminist theoretical views. In particular, we will examine how health perspectives often fail to address the gender, racial, and social class biases that affect women’s well being.

Prerequisites: Students from all disciplines are very welcome to enroll. Nursing students must take N801 or get permission from the instructor prior to enrolling in this class. Students from other disciplines should have completed an equivalent course to N801 or have permission from instructor.—Email jseng@umich.edu for permission.

Julia Seng is a certified nurse midwife. Her program of research focuses on how trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder affect women’s childbearing and health outcomes. She uses qualitative and quantitative methods. She is co-author of a book on this topic intended for lay women and clinicians: “Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering, and Healing after Sexual Abuse.”


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