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Women & Politics Institute

Fall 2017 WPPL Courses

The following courses are approved for the Women, Policy and Political Leadership (WPPL) Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate Programs.

Core 3-Credit Courses

FALL 2017

GOVT-482.001/682.001 Women and Politics 

Elizabeth Sherman
Tuesdays, 5:30PM-8:00PM

This course examines the evolutionary role of women in politics - as voters, citizens, candidates, and leaders - from the Seneca Falls Convention to the present. The role of women's organizations and movements in the expansion of political and legal rights are also explored. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: GOVT-110. Restriction: minimum 2.5 GPA.

GOVT-484.001/684.001 Women & Political Leadership

Jennifer Lawless
Mondays, 8:10AM-11:00AM

This course explores the historical evolution of women as leaders, the factors that have limited the number of women in leadership positions, and the differences in men's and women's leadership styles. Prerequisite: GOVT-110.

GOVT-485.002/685.002 Women, Law & Litigating Social Change

Karen O'Connor
Tuesdays, 8:20PM-10:50PM

This course provides an understanding and overview of the historical efforts of women to participate fully in the legal process as well as their impact on that process. Students gain an understanding of the day-to-day constraints faced by, as well as contributions made by, women lawyers and judges, and think critically about the impact of how women in the legal process are portrayed in the media. The course consists of class lectures and insights from women who have participated in the legal system in a variety of roles from the state and local to the national level.

Core 1-Credit Courses

FALL 2017


Introduction to Women and Politics
Connie Morella
September 9-10, 2017, 9AM to 5PM

This course is an intensive introduction to women and politics. Students in the course gain an understanding of the historical struggle of women for political, economic, and educational rights, as well as the major actors who were or continue to be involved in these efforts.
$50 special fee applies to this section.

GOVT-485.001/685.001 Women, Politics and the Media 

Amanda Fuchs-Miller
September 16-17, 2017, 9AM to 5PM

This class acquaints students with important issues dealing with women, politics, and the media. Women make up only 19 percent of Congress and only 24.8 percent of state legislators nationwide. Women are also underrepresented on the campaign trail as political journalists. Critics argue that news stories about women candidates, elected officials, and women's issues often fail to generate news coverage, and when they are covered by media, they receive distinctly different coverage. Students in this class weigh the evidence surrounding these assertions by investigating the academic research, hearing first-hand accounts from experts in the field, and looking at real-life examples to examine the differences in political coverage.
$50 special fee applies to this section.

GOVT-485.003/685.003 The States of Women

Lucy Gettman
September 23-24, 2017, 9AM to 5PM

State legislatures and statewide offices are vital locations of political leadership and launch pads for higher office. In the current climate of a reduced federal role, states are more important than ever. This course explore the status of women legislators, governors, lieutenant governors, and attorney generals and how to increase their numbers.
$50 special fee applies to this section.

Additional 3-Credit Courses

FALL 2017

ANTH-215 Sex, Gender & Culture 

ANTH-635 Race, Gender & Social Justice 

ARTH-396.001 Gender/Sexuality in Ancient Art 

AUAB-327 Netherlands: Sexuality/Gender 

AWST-396.001 Women & Islam in Middle East 

ECON-374 Gender Roles in the Economy 

ECON-674 Gender Perspectives on Economic Analysis: Macroeconomics 

EDU-596.002 Gender, Education and Development 

GOVT-486 Feminist Political Theory 

HPRM-245 Multicultural Health 

HPRM-323 Issues in Women’s Health 

JLC-435/635 Gender and the Law 

PSYCH-545.001 Psych of Sex Simlrities & Diff 

SIS-648 Gender and Development 

SISU-260 Identity, Race, Gender & Cultr 

SISU-306 Adv Int’l Studies Research: Gender and World Politics 

SISU-348 Gender and Development 

SISU-360 Topics in Iden/Race/Gend/Cultr: Gender in South Asia 

SOCY-210 Power, Privilege & Inequality 

SOCY-235 Gender in Transnational Perspective 

SOCY-570 Sociology of Gender and Family 

SOCY-669 Gender, Sexuality & Migration 

WGSS-225 Gender, Politics & Power 

WGSS-240 Sexuality Studies 

WGSS-350.001 Interpreting Gender in Culture: Women & Islam in Middle East 

WGSS-350.004 Interpreting Gender in Culture: Gender & Violence 

WGSS-350.006 Interpreting Gender in Culture: Geograph of Gend/Dev in Africa 

WGSS-491/691 Internship WGSS-496.001/696.001 Gender and Media 

WGSS-496.002/696.002 Transnational Feminism 

WGSS-500 Current Issues & Research

Additional 1-Credit Courses

WGSS-496.003/696.003 Reproductive Health and Justice