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Heather N Pool
GWSS 313
Seattle Campus

Women in Politics

Theoretical, historical, and empirical studies of women's participation in political and social movements. Women's diverse efforts to improve their political, social, and economic status. Policy issues of particular concern to women. Women's political experiences in household, local, regional, national, and international arenas. Offered: jointly with POL S 313.

Class description

Using a combination of historical, theoretical, empirical, and cultural resources, we will consider women's roles in the polity, with a strong emphasis on feminist thought and activism. While much of the course will center on the American context, the course will include limited discussion of other places, as well. This course will consider how gender has shaped conceptions of citizenship and state institutions, but also how citizenship and institutions have shaped conceptions of gender.

Student learning goals

Students will be able to...

Articulate a brief historical review of the evolution of women's legal and political rights in the United States and elsewhere through identifying key actors, moments, and claims for inclusion.

Locate/identify gendered assumptions in any given policy.

Make an argument for or against gender as a primary category of political analysis.

Identify how concepts such as race, sex, sexuality, ability, and class have political and policy ramifications.

General method of instruction

The general method of instruction for this course will be a combination of lecture (as needed) and regular in-class discussion of the course materials.

Recommended preparation

There are no required prerequisites, and students with an interest in women and politics are encouraged to enroll. However, POLS 212/PHIL 206/WOMEN 206 is highly recommended.

Class assignments and grading

Grades in the course will be determined on the basis of participation, two take-home mid-terms, and a final paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Heather N Pool
Date: 03/28/2012