PS 407/507: Seminar in Race, Gender & Public Policy
Preliminary Winter 2012 Syllabus University of Oregon
Tuesday/Thursday 10-11:20 AM ROOM: 905 PLC
Professor Daniel Martinez HoSang
Office: PLC 914 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 346-4861
Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 11:30-1 or by appointment.
Important Note: This syllabus is subject to change as the course progresses. These periodic changes will be announced in class and a current copy of the syllabus will always be posted on the course Blackboard website. You should make sure your current email is linked to the Blackboard system and check email and Blackboard regularly for these updates.
A. Course Description
“Power uses difference as a way of marking who does and does not belong.”
--Stuart Hall “Subjects in History: Making Diasporic Identities”
How ideas about race and gender shape the ways public policy is debated, adopted and implemented? This course examines a range of policy topics including reproductive freedom, welfare policy, same sex marriage, immigration, and other issues of race and gender justice. We will consider all of these topics through readings in legal studies, anthropology, and history, news media sources, advocacy examples, and a variety of guest speakers. Our readings draw from a range of political commitments and perspectives and are designed to help us all reflect on our own ideas and worldviews within a shared and constructive framework.
NOTE: THIS IS A READING INTENSIVE COURSE—requiring students to read up to one book per week, and turn in a response assignment almost every week. Please consider these requirements carefully in making your enrollment decision.
The goals of this course are:
· To familiarize students with the way ideas about race, gender and sexuality shape particular policy debates
· To improve students’ abilities to read and interpret the arguments, logics and stakes within current public policy debates.
· To think critically and engage with a series of important concepts and keywords within Ethnic Studies, especially racialization, gender, discourse, ideology, identity, and power.
· To improve critical writing and analysis skills through regular practice and feedback.
· To provide extensive opportunities for students to reflect upon their own experiences and perspectives in light of the course themes.
B. Required Texts
The following required texts are available for purchase at the University Bookstore and are also held on two hour reserve at Knight Library.
In addition, for some classes, there will be required additional required readings posted on the course’s Blackboard website. Graduate students will have several additional readings assigned throughout the course, and will meet separately to discuss them.
1. FIVE WEEKLY RESPONSE ASSIGNMENTS. Based on a small group schedule assigned in class, every other week you will submit a response paper that is 2-3 pages (approximately 500- 750 words) based on the weekly readings. The assignment will vary week to week--instructions for each assignment are posted on Blackboard under the “Assignments” link. You will post your assignment to the course Blackboard site (under Blogs) by midnight on the Sunday before class, so that other students may read and comment on it before class meets Tuesday. During weeks when you are not submitting a response assignment, you must provide Blackboard comments on the papers posted by others in your group. Further instructions are provided in class (40% of final grade).
2. POLITICAL DISCOURSE ANALYSIS RESEARCH PAPER. Each student will submit an 8-10 page research paper analyzing a current policy issue using a discourse analysis or social constructionist approach, emphasizing the race and gender dimensions (graduate students will write a 15 page paper). The paper will be due in two parts—a two page summary due during Week 6 will list the topic, research question, and preliminary sources. The final paper will be due on Tuesday March 20 at 5 PM. (25% of final grade)
3. COMMENTARY ON OUT OF CLASS EVENT. Each student must attend an out of class event related to the topic of the course and write a 2-3 page response paper based on questions posted on Blackboard. There are several events listed in the syllabus. The paper is due no later than one week after the event. (10% of final grade). Students may also attend a second event and submit a second paper for up to 3 points of extra credit.
4. READING QUIZZES. There will be two short in-class reading quizzes, during Weeks 5 and 10 that will cover the key ideas and readings assigned in the course. (10% of final grade).
5. PARTICIPATION AND ATTENDANCE. To receive full credit for participation and attendance, you must attend every class, with the readings completed, ready to participate. I can and will call on all students at any point during the class discussion. If you have a documented medical emergency or a university-approved excuse, contact me as soon as possible to arrange a make-up assignment (15% of final grade).
D. Other Course Policies
E. Readings and Assignments Schedule
Bb=Available on course blackboard site
NOTE: All of the assigned readings for the week should be completed BEFORE class on Tuesday.
WEEK ONE: Race, Gender and the Making of Strangers
Thursday guest speaker: Arlene Stein
EVENT: Arlene Stein “Revisiting The Stranger Next Door: Reflections on Sexual Politics and Human Dignity in the New Millennium.” Thursday January 12 at 7:00 PM, UO Knight Law Center Room 110, 1515 Agate St.
WEEK TWO: Theoretical Frameworks
EVENT: Kris Rondeau and Saket Soni “Hope in Hard Times: A conversation with two of America's leading organizers.” Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm. UO Knight Law Center, Room 175, 1515 Agate St.
WEEK THREE: Politics, Culture and Same Sex Marriage
Thursday guest speaker: Kyle White, Basic Rights Oregon
WEEK FOUR: Reproductive Justice in Historic Context
Thursday guest speaker: Nichi Masters, Field Organizer, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon
· La Operación (1985, Ana María García)
WEEK FIVE: Welfare and The Politics of Same Sex Marriage.
· “Let’s Get Married.” (PBS)
WEEK SIX: Contemporary debates over reproductive justice
Tuesday/Thursday: Class meets jointly with PS 348: Women in Politics in 207 Chapman Hall. Go to this room on both days.
Thursday guest speaker: Moira Bowman, Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice
EVENT: Bernice Johnson Reagon. Songtalk Performance. Thursday Feb 16, 7:30 PM Beall Concert Hall.
Two page summary of research project due in class on Tuesday.
WEEK SEVEN: Theories of Discourse Analysis
WEEK EIGHT: Framing the Immigration Debate
WEEK NINE: Race, Gender and Sexuality in California
Tuesday guest speaker: Nayan Shah.
EVENT: Nayan Shah, “Stranger Intimacy and Transits Between Asia and the Americas.” Tuesday March 6, 3:30 PM, Knight Browsing Room.
EVENT: "Gender Equality and Capitalism: The Impact of Capitalist Development on Women’s Economic Status and Rights" Multiple events with featured speakers including Barbara Pocock, Nancy Folbre and Alissa Trotz. Gerlinger Lounge on afternoon of March 8; Knight Law Center on evening of March 8 (Room 110) and all day on March 9 (Room 175).