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210171 SE M7: State Activity, Policy and Governance Analyses (2020S)

Does It matter if women are in government?

9.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 40 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 19.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 26.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 02.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 23.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 30.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 07.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 14.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 28.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 04.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 18.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7
Thursday 25.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal 42 Hauptgebäude, 2.Stock, Stiege 7


Aims, contents and method of the course

Women are poorly represented in virtually all of the world’s governments. From presidents and prime ministers to city councils, the political arena is dominated by men. This class surveys the current gender and politics literature to answer the following questions:

1) Does politicians identity matter? Which identities are important?
2) Why are some groups over-represented (and others under-represented) in legislatures?
3) Does the identity of legislators matter? What do we mean by matter? Where, when, why and under what conditions?
4) How do we change the composition of legislatures?
5) What are the newest questions (and approaches) to studying group identity in legislatures? are underrepresented in virtually all governments. This class exams whether, when, and why gender is a politically salient identity. It then considers how governing institutions function differently when women are included inand excluded frompower. Finally, the course concludes by considering the adoption, implementation, and consequences of policies are especially salient to women as group.

Assessment and permitted materials

Research Outline (10%): You will submit a two-page outline of your proposed research paper by 15 May 2020.
Research Paper (35%): The major project for this class is a research paper. This research paper identifies a theoretically driven question and, building on the existing literature, offers a plan for conducting research to answer it. It will take the form of an empirical journal article or conference paper and have a research question, brief literature review, hypotheses, discussion of the research method, variables, cases, and sources of data. It should also include a (preliminary) data analysis, discussion, and conclusion. This paper should be approximately 5,000 words, not including abstract, references, tables, and figures.
Students are allowed to team up and write their final papers in groups of up to 3 people. If you decide to collaborate with another student, you will need to inform me via e-mail of your co-author(s) as early as possible, but at the latest by 25 April 2020. If your collaboration does not work well, you can still submit a term paper on your own. But, please note that you cannot decide to collaborate with another student after the set deadline. Collaborative term papers which were not registered with me until the set deadline will not be accepted. The requirements (structure, length etc.) for the term paper are the same no matter whether you write it on your own or co-author it with another student. Both authors of a given term paper will receive the same grade for the term paper.
Your final paper is due on 30 July 2020. There will be no exceptions for the submission deadline.
Peer Feedback (10%): You will serve as a peer reviewer for another student. As a peer reviewer, you are expected to evaluate the quality of your peer’s work, and provide written feedback. The goal of the reviews will be to help your peers improve the quality of their paper. Your review should be two to three pages long. You will be assessed on whether your review (1) engages thoughtfully with your peer’s assignment and (2) provides concrete suggestion(s) for how to improve their paper. Your peer review is due by 15 August 2020.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Grades for the course will be calculated as follows:

Class Participation (10%): Regular attendance is a key determinant of success in this course. The readings serve as a background, not as a substitute, for the lectures and class discussions. Having more than two unexcused absences will result in a grade of 5 for the course.

In addition to simply attending class, you are expected to participate actively in all class discussions. Full participation does not mean talking a lot. Participation entails
reading the materials, coming to class prepared to ask and answer questions
about them, offering thoughtful responses when appropriate, and participating in
in-class activities. If you tend to be shy, or nervous about speaking in English, please come and talk to me for strategies on how to overcome participation anxiety, as I ask that all students push themselves to participate at least once per course session. If you are talkative, that’s great! But, please leave some space in class discussion for your colleagues to jump in to our conversations.

Weekly Discussion Questions (14%): You are expected to read each assigned piece carefully and thoroughly. After carefully reading the work, you are required to generate 3 questions/comments that you will circulate to the class via Moodle. Your questions/comments must be posted each Thursday by 16:00.
Discussion Leadership (21%): You will be asked to lead discussion in three class sessions. You will share this assignment with at least one other student. Session leading should include a brief presentation of key points from the readings, posing of questions for discussion, and moderating of discussion/debate. You must coordinate with your co-discussant before the class session in order to ensure adequate coverage of all major themes and readings.
You can find the discussion leadership sign-up sheet here. One team members should email discussion notes to me by Thursday afternoon at 14:00 on the days you are leading the session.

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory

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