Women in American Government & Business
PS 207 / J-Term 2004 / 1 Course Credit
Saturdays 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
& Sundays 12:00 noon - 5:30 p.m.
123 Science Center

WILLIAM MARTIN SLOANE, Lecturer in Political Science

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TEXTS:  Ann Harriman, Women/Men/Management (Praeger, 1996), and
Lynne E. Ford, Women and Politics:  The Pursuit of Equality (Houghton Mifflin, 2002).

#1:  Saturday, 10 January Chapters 1 to 6
(Point of Departure;
The Social-Technical Environment;
The Economic Environment;
The Political Environment;
About Roles and Stereotypes;
Working Together)
. . . . . .
#2:  Sunday, 11 January . . . Preface and Chapters 1 and 2
(Two Paths to Equality;
All Rights are Not Equal:  Suffrage vs. the Equal Rights Amendment)
Paper topic is due
No Class:  Saturday, 17 January . . . . . . . . .
No Class:  Sunday, 18 January . . . . . . . . .
#3:  Saturday, 24 January Chapters 7 and 8
Motivation and Rewards)
Chapters 3 and 4
(Suffrage Accomplished:  Women as Political Participants;
Women Seeking Office:  The Next Phase of Political Integration)
Film review is due
#4:  Sunday, 25 January Chapters 9 and 10
(Leadership and Power;
Performance & Perceptions of Perf.)
Chapter 5
(Women as Political Actors:  Emerging Insid./Seasoned Outsid.)
Paper outline is due
#5:  Saturday, 31 January Chapter 11
(Career Choices and Development)
Chapters 6 and 7
(Education & the Pursuit of Equality;
Women/Work:  Pursuit/Econ. Equal.)
Paper is due and
begin oral presentations
#6:  Sunday, 1 February Chapter 12
(A Look at the Future)
Chapters 8 and 9
(The Politics of Family and Fertility:  Last Battleground/Pursuit/Equality?
Conclusion:  New Challenges in the Pursuit of Equality)
Final examination and
finish oral presentations

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course considers the progress of, and obstacles confronted by, women both in business and in politics.  Among the aspects of women's lives that are examined is the changing socialization of women and men to gender roles.  The political and social processes that affect these changing roles are also considered.  Specific policies affecting women are discussed and analyzed, such as laws and court decisions relating to sexual harassment, affirmative action, violence against women, family medical leave, and equal pay.  We will also consider the impact on organizations and society of the increased numbers of women business and political leaders in American society.

REQUIREMENTS:  (1)  Students should complete all assigned readings by the dates indicated.  (2)  Students will take one in-class examination.  (3)  Students will write one film review [see below].  (4)  Students will write one paper, 10 to 15 pages in length, on a topic agreed upon by the instructor.  Papers should cite both texts, among other sources, to the extent that they address the topic.  All written work must comply with the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, any edition (or another style manual agreed upon by the instructor) and with the Grammatical Standards document attached to this syllabus.  Written work will graded 50% on English and 50% on substantive content (yes, this is an English course).  (5)  Students will present an oral report on the same subject as is covered in their papers.  You may use note cards, but don't just read your paper to the class (this is boring!).  Be prepared to answer questions and to lead the class in a lively discussion of the topic.

FILM REVIEW:  Your film review should summarize the film and then provide critical analysis of its essential message.  It should explore possible connections with the course readings and class discussion.  What are the film's main themes?  What are the social and political theories upon which it is based?  Is the film realistic in its portrayal of issues that relate to women in the workforce?  Are there scenes or parts of the film that are outdated?  Did the film engage your interest?  Were any aspects of the film particularly notable?  Above all, make frequent and appropriate references to the assigned readings in both texts.

ATTENDANCE:  We will meet for 35.25 clock hours, of which all students must attend at least 29.25 clock hours, including the examination and her own oral report.  No excuse can be accepted for missing more than 6.0 clock hours, and a student who exceeds this limit will have her course grade reduced proportionally.  Make-up exams are allowed only in cases of the most extreme emergency and ordinarily must be arranged and taken before the scheduled time.  The instructor reserves the right to alter course content or adjust the pace of class and assignments in order to accommodate class projects.

GRADING:  Components will be weighted as follows:  Film Review, 20%; Examination, 30%; Paper, 30%; Oral Report, 20%.  The resulting grade may then be raised or lowered by one grade (e.g., from B+ to A-, or from C to C-), at the sole discretion of the instructor, on the basis of the student's class participation.  The instructor reserves the right to curve the grades in a manner that he believes would most accurately reflect the quality of the class's work.