Introduction To Mother Studies is a program aimed at educating students high school age to graduate level, as well as community members, about a variety of aspects motherhood, fatherhood and family.
Introduction To Mother Studies
This is a twelve-week introduction to the concept of motherhood, fatherhood and family through a critical lens. The course will use articles, statistics, film, and literature to demonstrate that ‘mothering’, birthing, caregiving and childrearing are actually ‘work’ in the true sense of the word. From pregnancy to ‘labor’ the requirements of women, physically, emotionally and spiritually are challenged and stretched, and therefore so are men’s. Class participants will examine changing perceptions of mothers through history, including some feminist theory, political theory, and sociological theory. Materials will be predominantly focused on representations of mothers in the United States, but we’ll also peek at global perspectives, policies, health statistics and methods of conception. This course will take a scholarly approach to ideas of motherhood, but students will be encouraged to examine their personal experiences as well. The goals of this class are to introduce students of all ages to the Museum of Motherhood, offer them a chance to explore the evolution of family, gain understanding of the historic marginalization of women, and expand on notions of caregiving so we can collectively move future family experiences forward in educated and empowered ways. All students who complete the class will receive a certificate of completion of ‘Introduction to Mother Studies’, Level I, Museum of Motherhood. Open to all.
Mother Studies is a field of interdisciplinary study devoted to the issues, experiences, topics, history, and culture of mothers, mothering, and motherhood.