History of Eugenics

History of Eugenics (5 credits) (SLN 10980)

Eugenics is the “applied science or the bio-social movement which advocates the use of practices aimed at improving the genetic composition of a population”, usually referring to human populations. We will examine the development and authority of eugenics science in particular national, cultural, and political contexts; eugenics legislation, policies, and medical practices such as sterilization; public dissemination, support, and opposition to eugenics ideas; connections to other health and reform movements; and impacts on communities and concepts of rights. Given the heterogeneous nature of the eugenics movement, what do different populations think are its legacies for public policy, scientific research, health care, and human rights? How is eugenics remembered and forgotten? Offered T Th 2:30 – 4:20 pm.

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