POS 205 - Women and Politics
This course will focus on the role of women in politics. We will start by reviewing the women's suffrage movement in the U.S. and abroad, then examine how far women have come today. Interspersed with our historical examination, we will review the women themselves that have contributed to the progress of the women's movement as well as look at current women contributing to the movement today. We will also consider questions such as: Does gender matter in politics? Is there a bias against women? Do women politicians have different issue priorities than their male counterparts? What is the gender gap? We will use social science methodology to hypothesize, observe, measure, and assess the roles of women in politics and the impact of the political process on women.
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Compare and contrast the major goals, failures and successes of the first, second and third waves of feminism.
2. Identify and analyze the current political, social and economic trends and issues facing the modern women's movement.
3. Identify and analyze the progress women have made as candidates for office since they achieved the right to vote.
4. Compare and contrast issues that are important to women and men while serving in political office.
5. Develop political research skills as well as written and oral skills.
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