Political Science 19, Spring 2009
Ms. Holland, email@example.com
(818) 710-4494, ext. 5265
Course Description: To study the United States Government via the major documents (such as the U.S. Constitution), principles, institutions and policies of the American Federal System from the perspective of women.
Harrison (H); Women in American Politics, An Introduction
McGlen, et al (Mc); Women, Politics, and American Society; 4th Edition
Kolmar/Bartkowski (KB); Feminist Theory, A Reader; 2nd Edition
Copies of the textbooks are on reserve in the Library.
Poli Sci 19 Packet of Additional Documents (handed out in class)
Website: All readings and extra credit assignments are found at this website address: . http://faculty.piercecollege.edu/hollandk/
Recommended (any one of the following): Read:
Week 1: Topic: The Study of Politics: Theories, & Models of Politics.
Week 2: Topic: Political Socialization
Film: Not for Ourselves Only
Week 3: Topic: Political Parties and Interest Groups
Week 4: Topic: Interest Groups, Lobbyists, the Media & Elections
Jennie Ruby’s Women in Media
Reference: H Appendix B, page 241
Week 5: Topic: Campaigns and Elections
H Chapter 6; Pat Schroeder’s Running for Our Lives
Melinda Henneberger’s 5 Truths About Women Voters
Prepare for Exam #1!
Week 6: Exam #1**(Dates of Midterms are subject to change when necessary)
Week 7: Topic: Concepts of Independence & Constitutionalism
Declaration of Sentiments (H Appendix A, page 237)
Week 8: Topic: Concepts of Federalism & Constitutionalism
The Equal Rights Amendment
Readings: Mc pages 43-45; 48-51
Week 9: Topic: Governing Institutions: Women, the Judicial Branch & significant Court decisions
Readings: H Chapters 9-10
Week 10: Spring Break
Week 11: Topic: Civil Rights, Civil Liberties
Video: One Woman, One Vote
Week 12: Topic: Public Policy
**Exam #2 (Dates of Midterms are subject to change when necessary)
Week 13: Topic: Governing Institutions: Women and Chief Executives
Week 14: Topic: Governing Institutions: Women, Congress and State Legislatures
Reference: H Appendix C, page 242
Term Papers and Movie Reviews are due May 15th . No assignments will be accepted after this date! Please verify the receipt of all emailed assignments before the Final Exam!
Week 15: Topic: The Future of Feminism
Readings: Mc Chapter 7; KB Essays 60-64, 66-67, 74, 89-91, 93-95, 97, 100
Roxanne Friedenfels’ Pleasure & Beyond: A Feminist Look at Happiness
The 9 Best One-Liners of All Time
Week 16: Final Exam: Please refer to the Final Exam schedule in the Schedule of classes.
Grades are determined by your performance on the Term Paper (100 points), 2 Midterm exams (100 points each) and on the Final Exam (100 points). The exams will be based on lecture and textbook readings. The exams are essayformatted. There are NO make-ups for missed exams. Any student caught cheating will automatically fail the course.
The grading scale below is absolute and not based on a curve.
Term Paper: A=90-100 B=80-89 C=60-79 D=50-59 F= Below 50
Midterms/Final: A=90-100 B=80-89 C=60-79 D=50-59 F= Below 50
Final Grade: A=360-400 B=320-359 C=240-319 D=200-239 F= Below 200
2. The use of electronic devices, including electronic dictionaries, is strictly forbidden during exams. It is considered to be a form of cheating.
3. Lectures may be recorded only with the permission of instructor.
4. Textbooks need not be brought to class.
5. Beverages (Coffee, tea, water, etc) are allowed during class, and please throw any trash into the wastebaskets.
6. Please be on time to class. We have a lot of material to cover and we need to maximize every moment. If you must be absent from class, get the notes from your fellow classmates. Moreover, it is okay to share, and have study groups!
SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT
Worth 25 extra-credit points.
In order to earn those 25 points toward your final grade in
Political Science 1 or 19, students are required
to enroll in Service Learning 1 or Service Learning 2 with Prof.
*Prof. Dawson will visit with a list of specific projects and the add slips necessary for enrollment.
"History is a commentary on the various and continuing incapability's of men. What is History? History is women following behind with a bucket." - Mrs. Lintott, The History Boys