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GOVT-685 Topics in Women and Politics (1-4)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Topics include reproductive rights, women's health policy, women and campaigns, women in the media, and Title IX. Usually offered every term. Meets with GOVT-485.

GOVT-685 003
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: The Politics of Title IX
When Congress passed Title IX in 1972, no one anticipated its legal, social, and political ramifications. Not only has US women's dominance in the Olympics been credited to it, so has the proportion of women in college, medical, and law schools. More recently, it has served as a tool of the US Department of Justice to monitor how issues of sexual harassment and violence against women have been treated by colleges and universities. The course discusses all of these issues with national experts. Meets with GOVT-485 003.
GOVT-685 001
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Women, Politics and Social Policy
This course covers some of the landmark achievements in American social policy in which women have played a central role as leaders, thinkers, strategists, advocates, and administrators. From the Progressive era to the present, through the courts, Congress, and state legislatures, women have effectively organized and exerted political pressure as insiders and outsiders to win humane social policies beneficial to all families and indispensable to those facing dire circumstances. The course explores social policy as a compelling arena for women's political engagement and offers a range of readings and exercises to illuminate this vital topic. Meets with GOVT-485 001.
GOVT-685 004
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Women and the 2016 Elections: U.S. and Around the World
This is the first election in U.S. history where women are candidates for president from both major parties. This course explores the barriers and opportunities for women in 2016 elections as candidates, voters, party leaders and campaigners/advocates, as well as efforts to overcome barriers to participation and achieve parity in women's political leadership. Meets with GOVT-485 004.
GOVT-685 005
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Women, Politics, and the Media
The depictions of women of accomplishment as well as women across economic, racial, religious and ethnic spheres often have a gendered lense. This course explores these issues by examining how women are treated and portrayed by traditional and social media from film to Facebook and beyond. Meets with GOVT-485 002.