Government 166: Women
and Politics in Contemporary
Professor: Dr. Kimberly Nalder
Office: 3121 Tahoe Hall
Office Hours: Fridays 1-3, or by appointment
Govt 166 is an upper-division government course which is cross-listed with
Women’s Studies. The course examines the
role of women in political life in the
Klosko, George and Margaret G. The Struggle for Women’s Rights, Prentice Hall, 1999. ISBN 0-13-676552-1
Han, Lori Cox. Women and US Politics: The Spectrum of Political Leadership. Lynne Rienner Publishers. 2010. ISBN: 9781588267351
Many of the readings will be current or posted online on the website or WebCT.
I also strongly recommend subscribing to a daily newspaper and/or reading some daily online. The course will include a strong current events component, so keeping informed will be essential. I can get you a bargain classroom rate for the New York Times (the national newspaper of record), and will post links to other suggested sources on the website.
Attendance: Mandatory. Should you miss an in-class activity or be absent more than twice, your grade will suffer. Being in class is vital to your learning.
No Make-Up Quizzes: There will be no make-up quizzes offered unless you bring documentation of severe illness or a death in the family. The same is true of assignments. No early exams. You know the schedule from the first day of the semester. Plan accordingly.
Turn off Beeping Things. Please remember to turn off your cell phones, laptop sounds, etc. Do not text/ e-mail/ web surf during class – it’s disrespectful. I reserve the right to ban laptops in class if this becomes a problem.
Courtesy. Please be respectful of other’s opinions during discussions. Rest assured that everyone will get a chance to express themselves. Please sit near the door if you have to leave early for any reason. Don’t come in late – it’s rude and disruptive. In short, please show respect and courtesy for everyone in the classroom. Your participation score can be negatively affected if there are any problems in this area.
Class Disruptions: It is important that the learning environment be free of distractions and disruptions. Any student who creates a disturbance or otherwise prohibits the class from proceeding smoothly will be ejected from the class. Further penalties will be imposed if the behavior recurs. The University policy can be viewed here: http://www.csus.edu/admbus/umanual/UMD03250.htm
Cheating and/or plagiarism: At the risk of being clichéd, you only cheat yourself when you cheat in class. Just do the work. The penalties will adhere to University Policy, but at the minimum will result in an F for the exam or assignment in question. The relevant university policy can be accessed at: http://library.csus.edu/content2.asp?pageID=353 You are responsible for reading and understanding the policy.
No Incompletes: Just finish the coursework on time. I will not give incompletes for any reason other than a death in the family or a grave illness. Do not even ask.
This course relies a great deal on discussion and in-class skill development. As such, attendance is mandatory. I will take roll every day. After two recorded absences, your participation grade will begin to suffer. Plus, we’ll miss you if you’re gone. If you have 8 or more absences, you will fail the class, no matter what you turn in.
The weekly assigned reading should be completed before class each Wednesday. I suggest spreading it out over the week. The discussion format makes this essential – if you arrive informed, you will get much more out of the class experience. (And after all, learning as much as possible is the whole point, right?)
Projects: Instead of the usual exam-and-research-paper requirements, in this course we will be working on a couple of projects, spaced throughout the semester. The first project involves looking at changes over time in the role of women in politics. It will be due on September 27. The second project will require you to interview a woman involved in politics and do a report on the insight she provides. It will be due on November 22. The details of the projects will be thoroughly discussed in class and posted on my website.
Quizzes: There will be quizzes every other week (posted on WebCT on Thursdays, due by the following Monday at midnight) on the readings, and the lecture/discussion content for the prior 2 weeks. These will encourage you to read carefully and keep up (no cramming.) Trust me, you’ll thank me for pushing you to keep current. Our class discussions will also be enhanced. I do not give make-up quizzes, especially since you have several days within which to complete them. The quizzes are worth 35% of your total grade, so do take them quite seriously.
Exam: There will be one final covering the readings, lecture, discussion, and any other course content, such as videos, speakers, etc. The final exam will be OPEN NOTE, which means that you should be keeping careful notes throughout the semester. This does not mean that you can bring texts or articles, so you should take notes on those as well.
In-class participation/ attendance: A portion of your grade will be assigned according to the extent of your class participation and attendance. We will do in-class exercises, which will contribute to your grade.
Participation/ attendance 10% Every class period
In-class work 5% Varied
Projects 30% 15% each, for a total of 30% (due Sept. 27 and Nov. 22)
Quizzes 35% Every other Thursday
Final 20% Dec. 15, 3:00-5:00
***You must complete ALL assignments and the exam to receive a passing grade.***
Aug. 30/Sept.1 Course Introduction – Philosophical Background
Klosko, Rousseau 19-31
Sept. 8 Women in political philosophy
Klosko, Wollstonecraft 32-51
Klosko, Mill 57-58
Klosko, Taylor 75-83
*No Class on Monday*
Sept. 13,15 Women’s Suffrage
Klosko, Seneca Falls 99-103
Klosko, Truth, 107-111
Klosko, Adams 147-155
Klosko, Cleveland, 213-222
Suffrage Timeline http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/naw/nawstime.html
Sept. 20, 22 Frameworks: Feminism, Activism and Women’s Political Roles
Han, Chapter 1
Sept. 27, 29 Feminism Today: 3rd wave, post-feminist, what?
Han, Chapter 2
***Her(his)tory Project Due Mon.***
Oct. 4, 6 Political Socialization and Attitudes
*Quiz posted Thurs.*
Oct. 11, 13 Voting Behavior and Participation
Han, Chapter 3
Oct. 18, 20 Women and American Political Parties
Oct. 25, 27 Women as Candidates
Han, Chapter 4
Nov. 1, 3 Media and Campaigns
Political Campaign Ads online
Nov. 8, 10 Media, Stereotypes and Culture
Nov. 15, 17 Governing: Women in Legislatures
Han, Chapter 5
Nov. 22, 24 Women in Executive Branch Positions – Why No Woman President Yet?
Han, Chapter 6
**Interview project due on Monday**
Nov 29/Dec 1 Women’s issues: U.S. and International
Current issue reading TBA online
Dec. 6, 8 Looking Forward: What does the future hold?
Han, Chapter 8
Final Wednesday, December 15, 3:00-5:00