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Change Type
Major
PS (Political Science)
306
018069
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
Yes
Course Prefix:
WGS
Gender and Politics in the United States
Gender and Politic
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Political Science (16PS)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Alternate Years
Fall 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Steven Greene, PhD
Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture3535NoN/A
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: PS 201
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16PSBA BA Political Science Elective
16PSAMBA Political Science: American Politics Elective
16PSINTBA Political Science: International Politics Elective
16PSLJJBA Political Science: Law and Justice, Justice Systems Elective
16PSLJLBA Political Science: Law and Justice, Law and Theory Elective
16PSPUB BA Political Science: Public Policy Elective
16PSBSBS Political Science Elective
16OSMPolitical Science Minor Elective
This course explores the role of gender in contemporary American politics. The course examines the historical course of gender politics to see how we have arrived at the present state. It investigates the activities that women and men play in modern politics-voting, running for office, serving in office, etc., and how women and men perform these activities in different ways. The course also focuses on major areas of public policy that affect women and men in different ways.

Formal GEP review and adding to CourseLeaf system.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Social Sciences
US Diversity
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Explain the role of gender within American political institutions and within mass political behavior.
 
 
Paper assignment: What is the gender gap in mass political participation and why does it exist? What is the political knowledge gap and how is it related to the gap in participation?

Paper assignment: Why are women half the population but only 24% of state legislators, only 20% of Congress and 0% of Presidents/VP’s ever? Make sure you also address why these percentages are different at every level of office.
 
 
Properly use and critically evaluate political science data on gender and politics (e.g., public opinion polls, turnout figures, etc.)
 
 
Test question using instructor-provided data. "What factors do you think may account for women’s equal participation in turnout, but lower participation in political discussion as reflected in the data presented above?”
 
 
Analyze the impact of gender on issues of contemporary public policy.
 
 
Paper assignment: Propose a policy reform for a policy area affecting women or men in an unfair/disproportionate way that you think needs improvement/reform. What are the key issues involved in this policy area? Why do you think this reform would be needed? How/why would it improve things for women/men? What would be the prospects for this reform in becoming law?
Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
&
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 
Analyze the impact of gender on issues of contemporary public policy, especially as they relate to issues of gender equality.
 
 
Paper Assignment: Propose a policy reform for a policy area affecting women or men in an unfair/disproportionate way that you think needs improvement/reform. What are the key issues involved in this policy area? Why do you think this reform would be needed? How/why would it increase gender equality? What would be the prospects for this reform in becoming law?
 
 
Interpret and explain how the waves of the women’s movement have shaped the pursuit for legal, political, and social equality within the American political context.
 
 
Sample test question: "When you get down to it, women can bear children and men cannot." How does this fact shape what we have learned about this semester—especially in the areas of public policy? How have the various waves of the women's movement differed in their policy-relevant views of this fact? What does this fact suggest about possibilities for future advances and change in the social and political equality of women? Make sure you are supporting your answer with evidence and methods derived from course material.
 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
There are no seat restrictions.
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
N/A
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
Pre-requisite: PS 201. Pre-requisite can be waived with instructor permission.
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
None.
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
Women and Politics: In Pursuit of Equality 3rd Ed., by Lynn Ford ($98 new; $40 used)
The End of Men by Hana Rosin ($17 new; $5 used)
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
no change
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
no change
Course is already a regular offering within the PS Department and will continue to be.

This course explores the role that gender plays in contemporary American politics. The course will examine the historical course of gender politics to see how we have arrived at the present state. We will investigate the activities that women and men play in modern politics— voting, running for office, serving in office, etc., and how women and men perform these activities in different ways. The second portion of the course will focus on major areas of public policy that affect women and men in different ways. The hope is that by the end of this course you will have a much firmer understanding of the importance of gender in shaping modern American politics. 


Student Learning Outcomes

1) Apply theories of feminism and gender relations to contemporary political debates 


2) Properly use and critically evaluate political science data on gender and politics (e.g., public opinion polls, turnout figures, etc.)


3) Analyze the impact of gender on issues of contemporary public policy.


4) Apply knowledge about gender and political elites in a theoretical campaign setting


5) Explain the role of gender within American political institutions and within mass political behavior


6) Interpret and explain how the waves of the women’s movement have shaped the pursuit for legal, political, and social equality within the American political context. 


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Other100no change
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
see attached weekly topics
Steve, revamp sample measures for SS Objectives 1, 2, and 3. Send to Scott
shgreene (Tue, 09 Feb 2016 20:34:08 GMT): Rollback: So, this is all my fault.
aeherget (Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:10:42 GMT): AECHH: Uploading syllabus at instructor's request via email. 10/6/2016
aeherget (Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:28:20 GMT): AECHH: Uploading syllabus at instructor's request via email. 10/21/2016
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