Students in this DeCal will explore women who have made themselves heard on political issues throughout the world. We will trace exemplary female political figures from the 18th century to the present, and examine the relevance of these figures in contemporary politics. The course will consider a range of ways in which women do or do not figure into politics, provide students with an overview of topics concerning women in politics, and allow students to develop their own critical thoughts on contemporary political subject matter. We will investigate how narratives surrounding “women’s issues” have shaped consciousness in the public sphere, and how those narratives are still evolving. While we will be focusing primarily on domestic issues, we will also look at women around the globe and attempt to understand how political processes and the place of gender varies across different cultures. Class discussions will be the most vital and rewarding part of the learning experience in this political science Decal.
Facilitators will begin each class with a short Powerpoint presentation and lecture. Facilitators will then lead the class in a topic based discussion, using relevant questions submitted by students. Class discussions will be the most vital and rewarding part of the learning experience in this political science Decal.
Class participation, including discussion, will constitute 20% of the total grade. Each week students will be expected to have completed the readings and/or watch required videos before the class in question, and attend class ready to engage with the material. Attendance is necessary to fully participate in the course, as well as vital for student success. As such, more than two unexcused absences will result in a NP grade (with exceptions for documented family or medical emergencies). Homework questions will make up 20% of the total grade. Each week students will upload 2 or more critical questions regarding the week’s readings/videos onto the bcourses site. These will serve as a springboard for class discussion. Questions should be submitted by 10pm the Saturday evening before Monday’s class. The midterm will be 15% of the grade. It will allow students to choose from a variety of research opportunities including attending a political speech or rally, watching an approved film, or a number of other fun research options. The student will then be able to relate the experience to gender in politics and demonstrate their knowledge in the form of a 1-2 page essay or a short online-video presentation. Submissions will be uploaded onto the bcourses site. A two page essay will constitute 20% of the total grade. Students will select from a list of women in politics (not presented in the course) to research and write a 2-page essay, describing and critically analyzing her contributions to the world of politics. Submissions will be uploaded onto the bcourses site. For the final examination, worth 25% of the total grade, students will use their Short Paper Research Assignment to create a 3-5 minute oral presentation. Students will thus have the opportunity to share their knowledge with their peers.
|She Won't Be Silenced: Great Women in Historical and Contemporary Politics||Brittney Nareau and Gina Niceforo||25||242 Dwinelle||[Th] 6:00PM-8:00PM||01/26/2017||