Spring 2024

Island Bodies and Bodily Autonomy

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-309  |  Black Studies, as BLST-309  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-311


Jallicia A. Jolly (Section 01)


(Offered as BLST 309[CLA/D/US], AMST 309 and SWAG 311) This course explores Black women’s health and activism through an Africa diasporic lens that bridges intellectual work, grassroots action, and community-based learning. Grounded in faculty-student collaborations, it engages a range of materials and methodologies that explore historical and contemporary experiences of reproductive justice, cultural politics, debt and inequality, tourism, citizenship, and agency in the Caribbean. This course combines interdisciplinary coursework with practical work in communities drawing on examples from the United States, Jamaica, and the broader Caribbean region to activate learning in action that prioritizes the lived experiences and indigenous expertise of local actors and grassroots organizations. A Spring Break study abroad trip to reproductive justice sites and networks in the Caribbean region will provide an experiential component that grounds our inquiries and supports efforts to take collective actions. This course prioritizes critical reflection and reciprocity as central values in our collective learning experiences: Students and the faculty will build mutually beneficial and equity-based relationships with community leaders and organizations foregrounding reciprocity between the needs and outcomes of communities by fostering collaboration, respect, and attentiveness to power dynamics. Reflection that will support critical thinking, meaning-making, and hands-on activities to help students connect their community engagement experience with the learning objectives of the course and to their lived experiences is a central component of this course. Ultimately, students will start to think about ways to combine their personal reflections and on-site experiences in order to start to challenge different systems of oppression.

Limited to 10 students. Spring semester. Prof. Jolly

How to handle overenrollment: A questionnaire assessing interests in course topic, objectives, and investments.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: An emphasis on written work, readings, collaborative activities, community-based learning, oral presentations, group work, extended travel trips, etc.

AMST 309 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM CONV 302
Th 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM CONV 302


Other years: Offered in Spring 2017