Introduction to Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocacy

SPH MC 785

This course prepares students to design, lead, or collaborate in advocacy efforts around reproductive health policy in the United States. It allows students to focus on an array of issues related to women?s fertility and its regulation and to use multiple frameworks--public health science, law, social history, religion and politics--to frame and argue their positions for purposes of advocacy. The course begins with an overview of the social and political history of fertility control and current reproductive health services and policies. We then examine debates at the state and national levels in preparation for advocacy skill-building and practice, including a visit to the State House, interaction with a panel of advocacy organizations, participation in mock legislative hearings, and the writing of an ?op ed? article for a local or national newspaper. By the end of the course students demonstrate enhanced competence in critical analysis, argument, writing and presentation to audiences that range from public officials to the readers of popular press. Interested students may append the course with directed study or practicum with Prof. McCloskey to complete a project at a reproductive health advocacy organization.

SPRG 2015 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A1 Staff T 6:00 pm-9:00 pm MED Campus

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