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Spring 2011 - 61937 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Gender and Politics

Instructor(s): Paxton, Pamela
Unique Number: 61937
Day & Time: M 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Room: BUR 231
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

Why have women succeeded in obtaining substantial political power in some countries and not in others? What cultural, structural, and political factors shape womenís access to political power worldwide? How do we assess womenís influence in the political arena? These questions, as well as others related to women, politics, and power, will be the focus of this course. The course is global in its focus and considers womenís acquisition of political power in countries around the world. Students will also be introduced to research on women in politics in American society.

Overall, this course provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of womenís entry into politics internationally, the current state of womenís political representation across countries and regions, and contemporary debates on why and how womenís access to political power varies across countries. We will explore not only womenís voting rights, but also the roads women take to local and national political office. We will also consider special topics such as the importance of the United Nations and the international womenís movement to women in politics. Whenever possible, we will be attentive to the ways in which gender intersects with other social identities, such as race, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation.

Course Materials:

  • Paxton, Pamela and Melanie M. Hughes. 2007. Women, Politics, and Power: A Global Perspective. Sage Publications: Pine Forge Press.
  • Additional readings available through Blackboard.

Course Requirements and Grading:

  • Class Participation
  • Reaction Essays
  • Research Paper/Proposal

Cross-listed with SOC 396P