Gender and Politics: Poli 335
OH M R 11:30am-Noon, W 2:15-3:30pm
Office: Clear B119
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In this course, we will examine politics through the lens of gender. We will pay special attention to the
nexus of gender and politics, economics, and ideology.
We will review various topics such as democracy,
political participation, representation, activism and power. Gender is often equated with sex or women;
however, in this course we will study gender, masculinity, femininity, and feminism. Politics cannot be fully
understood without unpacking gender. By the end of the course, students will be able to think critically about
gender and understand the implications of gender
politics and how gender is inherently political. This term
we will pay special attention to masculinity and femininity, violence, and international politics.
Vincent, Norah. 2006.
Self-Made Man: One Woman’s Year Disguised as a Man
. NY: Penguin. Vincent.
McElvey, Tara. 2006.
One of the Guys: Women as Aggressors and Torturers
. Emeryville, CA: Seal Press. TM.
Reserve Readings in the Library. RR
The web links, readings, lecture, and any videos presented during class are testable material for the
examinations and sources for your papers and other assignments.
The midterm will be short essay and essay in nature and will draw from lectures, readings, videos,
and course discussion.
Quizzes: There will be 3 unannounced quizzes, no make ups.
Students will write two 10-11 page-papers, based on the readings and course topics. Part of the
assignment includes meeting with me during office hours. Do not cite Wikipedia, Encyclopedia.com or
Dictionary.com as sources in your assignments.
12-15 Minute Group Presentation:
Groups of 3 students will collaborate on leading the class discussion for a
reading. No PPT. The group will provide the class with a handout based on their presentation. The presentation
schedule is on the syllabus.
: There is a Facebook component to the course. Join the Poli 335 Gender group. Each student is
expected to post two thoughtful discussion posts on the group site between weeks 2 and 13.
Advanced Library Workshop
: The Political Science and Women’s Studies Librarians will co-facilitate a
workshop to help you with your research papers. This is a one time, mandatory workshop that will include a
library assignment. There are no make ups for this workshop.
: Come to class prepared to participate.
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