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Welcome to Contemporary Menstrual Studies 2024. I’m delighted you have joined the course and I’m really looking forward to meeting you.

Scroll down for information on course structure and preparatory reading.

COURSE STRUCTURE

There are ten modules, five in each semester. Each module is composed of reading materials (and sometimes videos), assignments and study suggestions, one pre-recorded lecture and two hour-long seminars.

At least two class times are offered for each seminar to take account of different time zones. You can attend whichever time you like and it does not have to be the same each week.

Lectures and seminars are supported by reading materials, and your learning is integrated through assignments and study suggestions.

The lecture and powerpoint, copies of reading materials, information on assignments, and study suggestions are given in the module content, see links below. This content is opened at the start of the module’s two-week slot in the calendar.

PREPARATORY READING

Before the course starts, I recommend you familiarise yourself if you haven’t already with The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies (Bobel et al, 2020). This is a good preliminary text to start with to get a sense of the breadth of current research and interests around the world. It’s huge (72 chapters!) and I don’t expect you to read the whole thing. Flick through and see what draws you. As you are reading, think about why these chapters attract you (whether in terms of subject matter or style), and which ones you are less interested in or keen on. Keep notes on this. It will be useful later! The ebook is free here.