Teaching Mother  Studies

Mother Studies is a field of interdisciplinary study devoted to the issues, experiences, topics, history, and culture of mothers, mothering, and motherhood.

This is an introduction to mothers, mothering, and motherhood through a critical lens. This course uses articles, statistics, film, and literature to examine perceptions of mothers throughout history. We will ask what is the social construction of motherhood as well as what is feminist motherhood? Materials highlight representations of mothers in the United States but also include examinations of global traditions, policies, and artistic interpretations of motherhood. So much focus has been placed on children’s development, and maternal health, which is important and vital, however, Mother Studies offers an opportunity to explore the emotional, physical, and representational aspects of procreative and caregiving labor. The class encourages a scholarly approach to the relational status of m/otherness and encourages students to examine their personal experiences as well. The goal of the course is to offer students, mothers, and fathers, youth, caregivers, and mothers-to-be, insight into the evolution of family, while sharing a multitude of perspectives. We analyze and explore motherhood in the private, and the social sphere where mothering is performed. Students who complete the class will receive a certificate from the Museum of Motherhood, ‘Foundations of Mother Studies’.

“I definitely have a more in depth understanding of the multifaceted nature of motherhood: physical, mental, emotional, political, spiritual, global. Very thankful for this course.” ~ a graduate-level clinical psychology student 2013

A Variety of Classes

6-week Foundations of Mother Studies online classes

Lecture – In Search of Herstory or a topic of your choice for your group or institution


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