POLĀ SCIĀ 1550 Women and Politics in the Developing World: 3 semester hours

Women play a central role in the transformation of political, economic, cultural and gender relations in developing nations. This course examines the political role of women in these transformations. In particular, the course examines: 1) ways that modernity, universal education,the market economy and globalization have widened the scope of women's public activities; 2) the emergence of social movements driven by the transformation of economic and political roles brought about by the inclusion of women in the political arena; 3) the re-interpretation of religious doctrines, especially those that emphasize women's "return" to the private sphere and thelegitimate denial of women's political rights. Fulfills the Cultural Diversity requirement.