POLT 580 (01) - Selected Topics Am Politics

Selected Topics Am Politics

Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2021 - Full Term (08/30/2021 - 12/13/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   30  
CRN: 16178
Special topics such as politics and public affairs in New Hampshire, women in politics, and civil liberties. Not offered every semester. See departmental listings for semester offerings. Writing intensive. 4 cr.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
Equivalent(s): POLT 600
Only listed campus in section: Durham
Only listed classes in section: Junior, Sophomore, Senior
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/30/2021 12/13/2021 MW 9:10am - 10:30am HORT 304
Additional Course Details: 

How do we reconcile women’s persistent under-representation in elected office with recent historical gains by women leaders at all levels of government? Are “women” a distinct political group in American politics?  This class examines the historical foundations of gender in American politics, including early Constitutional debates and the fight for women’s suffrage; competing explanations for women’s persistent under-representation in elected office; the role of interest groups, social movements, the media, partisanship, and other factors, in shaping representation; the construction of “women’s interests,” including the roles of race, ethnicity, and class; and many more topics. Throughout the semester, we will also engage in critical debates about issues raised by the #MeToo and Women’s March Movements, as well as historic female candidacies in the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, and what they mean for representation in the future.

This course cross-counts with the Women’s Studies Program (it has been approved as counting towards the major or minor degree in Women’s Studies).