Integrated course, 1.00 ECTS


Course content

This course examines gender relationships in the modern consumer, risk and media societies. It gives insight into present-day social class theories, gender and cultural studies and feminist science criticism. Feminism and gender politics, socioeconomic and cultural conditions of female life today, of birth, parenthood and motherhood and midwifery work in an era of neoliberalism and globalization are discussed. It reflects the adoption /deconstruction and reconstruction, representation and ritualization of gender and encourages critical discourse of historical and current knowledge formations as well as power and authority formations. Theories, methods and issues of women’s and gender studies that are relevant to midwifery practice and research are introduced and discussed.

Learning outcomes

• The students are able to put the job of the midwife into the Austrian socioeconomic and legal context (importance of documentation!). They dispose of fundamental critical inquiry skills for clinical research areas and evidence-based practice.

• The students can
• work according to legal professional standards and economic and ecological principles
• recognize the responsibility of other health care professionals and initiate interdisciplinary intervention
• respect cultural and religious beliefs, ways of knowing and values
• maintain all necessary records and analyze and evaluate the findings