Pol 341: Women & Politics

COURSE OUTLINE

Course reading (books available both at the bookstore and online):
Gail Collins, When Everything Changed, 9780316014045
Laura Kaplan, The Story of Jane, 1995, 0226424219
Additional online readings, noted below

Course requirements:
Attendance (15) & participation (5). . 20%
Paper 1, due July 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20%
Paper 2, due July 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30%
Paper 3, due July 28. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30%

Schedule

Day 1, July 5: Getting started: what is politics? What is a woman?
Day 2, July 6: Collins, Intro, chs. 1-3 <MDG Gender Chart> <K Crenshaw, Mapping the Margins>
Day 3, July 7: Collins, chs. 4-5, Crenshaw, cont.
Day 4, July 8: Collins, ch. 6, Crenshaw, cont.

Day 5, July 12: Collins, Crenshaw, cont. <Sarab Abu-Rabia-Queder, The Activism of Bedouin Women> <M Korneta, Moving Mountains>
Day 6, July 13: <O Sasson-Levy, Feminism and Military Gender Practices> <LL Reif, Women in Latin American Guerrilla Movements> <UN Violence Against Women in Politics: Introduction, pp. 11-13; Background, pp. 14-26; Nature, Extent, Motive, and, Impact of VAWIP, pp. 40-73>
Day 7, July 14: Collins, chs. 7-8; Kaplan, Intro, chs. 1-5
Day 8, July 15: Kaplan, chs. 6-12 <UN, Trends in Maternal Mortality, pp.1-5, pp. 21-28>

Day 9, July 19: NO CLASS: Videos (links posted at CoursesandQuestions.com)
Day 10, July 20: Kaplan, chs. 13-16 <M Frye, Some Reflections on Separatism and Power>
Day 11, July 21: Kaplan, chs. 17-21 <A Badkhen, Baghdad Underground>
Day 12, July 22: Kaplan, chs. 22-27, Epilogue <M Ziegler, Women’s Rights on the Right>

Day 13, July 26 : Collins, ch. 9, Ziegler, cont. <T Bedi, Feminist Theory and the Right Wing> <R Schreiber, Constitutive Representation of Mothers: How Conservative Women Shape Maternal Interests>
Day 14, July 27: Collins, chs. 10-13 <UN A Fair Chance, chs. 1-2 (pp. 7-28)> <MN Htun, Women in Political Power in Latin America>
Day 15, July 28: Collins, ch. 14-15, Epilogue, Afterword

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Online readings:

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Paper Requirements

Pol 341: Paper Requirements

Essay 1, due July 12: biography of woman in politics, 4-5 pages
Essay 2, due July 20: questions about subject, in light of readings & class discussion, 7-8 pages
Essay 3, due July 28: questions about subject, in light of readings & class discussion, 7 pages

You will need to engage in scholarly research in order to complete all three of these papers.

Essay 1 (4-5 pages): This is a relatively straightforward piece, in which you choose a woman political actor (politician or activist) and write a biography of her. You may choose a woman from anywhere in the world and I recommend (but do not require) you choose someone from the 20th-21st century. Note as well that you do not have to agree with or like this person, and that you are writing a biography, not hagiography.

While you may do some analysis, this is largely a descriptive paper.

Essays 2 & 3 will build off of the required readings and classroom discussions; questions for each will be provided in class.

See Research and Writing for information on finding and citing sources

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