Fall 2021 WPPL Courses

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

Core 3-Credit Courses

GOVT 482/682.001

Women and Politics
Lucy Gettman
Wednesdays 5:30 PM - 8 PM

Women and Politics (3) 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.

GOVT 486/686.001

Feminist Political Theory
Sarah Houser
Wednesdays 2:30 PM - 5:20 PM


Feminist Political Theory (3) This course traces the major debates in feminist political theory and their roots in liberalism, communitarianism, Marxism, post-modernism, and other schools of thought and examines the ways in which feminist political theory can inform current policy debates concerning women. Restriction: minimum 2.5 GPA. Note: One course in political theory, philosophy, or women's and gender studies required.

Core 1-Credit Courses

GOVT 485/685.001 
The States and Women in Politics
Lucy Gettman 
Saturday - Sunday | Sept 11-12, 2021

The States and Women in Politics (1) State legislatures and statewide offices are vital locations of political leadership and launch pads for higher office. A record number of women state legislators and states will re-write the political landscape through decennial redistricting. This course explores the status and impact of women state legislators, governors, lieutenant governors, attorneys general, and other political leaders.

GOVT 485/685.002
Women and Advocacy
Amanda Fuchs Miller 
Saturday - Sunday | Oct 23-24, 2021 | Online

Women and Advocacy (1) This course examines the role of interest groups and advocacy in policymaking. Focusing on women as lobbyists and advocates, students explore what the research says; discuss what some of the challenges are; highlight advocacy groups that focus on women's issues; and talk about advocacy strategies for policy change.

GOVT 485/685.003
Politics of Reproductive Rights
Karen O'Connor 
Saturday - Sunday | Nov 6-7, 2021

Politics of Reproductive Rights (1) This class will examine the history of reproductive rights including contraceptives and abortion. With 6 of 9 Supreme Court Justices indicating their willingness to accept limits on both, we will try to evaluate where these rights are today. Experts on both sides of these issues will speak to the class.

GOVT 485/685.004
Women, Citizenship & the ERA
Rebecca DeWolf
Saturday - Sunday | Nov 13-14, 2021 | Online

Women, Citizenship, and the ERA (1) This course explores the Equal Rights Amendment's (ERA) past and present. Bringing together information from areas of history, law, gender studies, and political science, it invites students to consider what is next for the ERA and gives students the opportunity to look back on the ERA's legacy. 

Additional 3-Credit Courses

ANTH-215.001/.002 Sex, Gender & Culture*
ANTH-635.001 Race, Gender & Social Justice
ECON-374/674.001 Gender Roles and the Economy
GOVT-439.001 Politics of Peace in Northern Ireland
HLTH-323.001 Issues in Women’s Health
JLC-435/635.001 Gender and the Law*
RELG-486/686.002 Islam & Women: Sixth Century to the Present
SISU-260.001/002/003 Identity, Race, Gender & Culture
SISU-310.002 Gender and Conflict
SIS-348/648.001 Gender and Development
SOCY-352.001 Gender Relations & Social Change
SOCY-375.001 Gender, Poverty and Health 
SOCY 453/653.001 Intersectionality: Theory and Practice
WGSS-225.001/002/003 Gender, Politics & Power*
WGSS-296.001 Women in Asia
WGSS-400/600.001 Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Theory

Additional 1-Credit Courses

SIS-730.013 Gender Analysis and Development
WGSS-315.001 Reproductive Freedom
WGSS-315.002 Changing Roles of Women in North Korean Society

Women and Politics Institute. Certificate in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership

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