Political Science 19, Spring 2009

Ms. Holland, hollankd@piercecollege.edu

(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.


Required Texts:   

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: Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, Ms magazine.  There are several good Internet sites: Feminist.org, NOW.org, Emilyslist.org, etc. Also, watch CNN and the CSPAN networks.


Week 1:   Topic: The Study of Politics: Theories, & Models of  Politics.

 Readings: H Chapter 1-2; Mc Introduction; KB Essays 1-3,5,7, 34, 40


Week 2:   Topic:  Political Socialization

                           Readings: Mc Chapter 2; KB Essays 8-15, 17-19, 22

                          Film: Not for Ourselves Only


Week 3:   Topic: Political Parties and Interest Groups

                           Readings: H Chapter 5;


Week 4:  Topic:  Interest Groups, Lobbyists, the Media & Elections

Readings: H Chapters 3-4; Gloria Steinem’s The Media & the Movement

                                         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

  Readings: Declaration of Independence (see handout)

                                    Declaration of Sentiments  (H Appendix A, page 237)




Week 8:  Topic: Concepts of Federalism & Constitutionalism

                          Readings:  U.S. Constitution; Mc Chapter 1

                          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

                             Readings:  Mc Chapters 3-6


Week 12: Topic:  Public Policy

    Readings:  KB Essays 24-27, 30, 36, 42, 44-46, 49-50, 55,58


**Exam #2 (Dates of Midterms are subject to change when necessary) 


Week 13: Topic: Governing Institutions: Women and Chief Executives

                            Readings: H Chapter 8; F Chapter 9


Week 14:  Topic: Governing Institutions: Women, Congress and State Legislatures

                             Readings: H Chapter 7

                           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.


Grading Requirements:

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




Final notes:

  1. Proper etiquette requires that all cell phones and beepers be turned off during class time, so please be considerate of the instructor and fellow students.

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!

  1. Extra Credit assignments are due one week before the Final Exam.  None will be accepted at any time after the established due date. Assignments may be turned in via Email.  However, it is the students’ responsibility to verify receipt of all emailed documents.  The Instructor is not responsible for any electronic malfunctions.


Good Luck!!!




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. Jim Dawson*.  In doing so, students must complete the requirements of Service Learning 1 and 2 and therefore earn 1 college unit of transferable credit, and a “service learning” notation will be added to your academic record. (Remember: many four-year schools will ask to see this on your application and transcripts, and may help you get accepted!).  Proof of successful completion will result in the awarding of the 25 points at the end of the semester.


*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