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Mae C Henderson
SOC W 535
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Interpersonal/Direct Practice

Examines current substantive topics in direct/interpersonal practice.

Class description

MOTHERHOOD:Ideologies, Agency, Community is an upper-level lecture/discussion seminar. The focus of the course is motherhood as experience, as a socially constructed institution, and as a defining concept in women’s lives whether she is a mother or not. In this course we will raise questions about how motherhood and women’s agency may be shaped by social, cultural, economic, and legal contexts. We will explore ways in which women experience the particularities of motherhood within and outside communities, how women experience very differing versions of motherhood and practiced mothering, and how our own theoretical perspectives and understandings about motherhood and mothering are informed within particular contexts. Paying particular attention to the diversity of women’s experiences, we will examine the influence of race, class, culture, sexuality, ability, and nationhood on motherhood and women’s mothering. Our task is not to arrive at definitive answers nor to adopt a universal view of motherhood and mothering but, to explore our roles as social actors and change agents and how we might contribute positively to women’s lives when considering their experiences as mothers.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, discussion, small group work, film, guest speakers...

Recommended preparation

Understand conceptual frameworks of intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, nationhood, etc. and their social, political, personal, and economic implication in women's lives.

Understanding the necessity and critical significance of an interdisciplinary lens when examining the lives and experiences of marginalized groups and individuals within group processes.

Understanding the significance of a social justice framework as related to social work theory and (direct/interpersonal)practice

Class assignments and grading

Required written assignments, course readings, homework, class discussion, group projects, opportunities for student self-assessment, exams...


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Mae C Henderson
Date: 06/13/2013