Sociology of Childbirth and Midwifery

Course code SOCA2102Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course addresses the social organisation of birth and maternity services including sociological understandings of childbirth and midwifery. This is an area of current policy debate and a topic of great public and personal interest for many people. Students will be introduced to the social, cultural and historical background to these issues so that they can be able to enter into these debates in a critically informed manner.

The course will also introduce students to concepts of gender, power and professionalism underpinning the sociological approach to birth and midwifery. The course is designed as an elective for all students but should be of interest to students in the social sciences and those engaging in professional preparation as midwives or other health professionals.

Available in 2015

On-Line from CallaghanSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:

An understanding of key debates and sociological approaches to childbirth and professions, including midwifery.
An ability to engage in informed debate around contemporary childbirth issues.
Skills in researching, writing and debating
ContentStudents will research the history of childbirth practices, cross cultural and international literature on the midwifery profession and comparative maternity services policy. The course will also address the role of consumer pressure and consumer organisations in childbirth debates and the use of evidence to support different policy positions.

Students will prepare either a submission to a government enquiry on maternity services in one country of their choice or a submission to the World Health Organisationon the role of health professionals in reducing maternal mortality. In order to equip them to undertake this role, they will consider issues of gender and power in the area of maternity services.
Replacing Course(s)SOCA2101 Ageing and the Sociology of later life
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSuccessful completion of 40 units at 1000 level
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Three written assignments, including a library research paper, an online quiz and a report, totalling 3,500 words. (100%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Workshop: for 6 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SOCA2102