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240525 SE Human Betterment Utopias (P4) (2017S)

eugenic ideas and concepts from the political left and the political right

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 40 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 15.03. 09:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Wednesday 22.03. 09:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Wednesday 03.05. 09:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Wednesday 10.05. 09:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Wednesday 17.05. 09:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

Eugenic ideas indicate virtues of "proper" and "improper" reproductiveness of "proper" and "improper" women; thus indicating socially desired and undesired human life. In the course of the 20th century new medical methods and treatments try to implement eugenic ideas through prevention or encouragement of births. The original purpose underlying the exceeding development of recent reproductive technologies was not the idea of helping infertility, but the attempt for "commanding" human reproduction more "efficiently". In this sense of "efficiency" it was implicitly intended to encourage some women to have children while on the other hand some other women should renounce.

- introduction to the topic by the lecturer
- group work
- presentations and group work with plenary discussions
- audio-visual material

Assessment and permitted materials

- presentation of a main topic, research question, conclusion(s)
- handout
- group work with plenary discussions
- term paper
- compulsory attendance

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

To finish the seminar successfully:
- presentation + handout (group work) (40%)
- participate actively in the working groups during the seminar blocks (30%)
- term paper (group work) (20%)
- compulsory attendance (10%)

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