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G St 301: Topics in Gender and Culture: Gender and Poverty

 University of Mississippi
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Michael A. Dupper

Instructor name:

Nancy L. Provolt, M.A.

Instructor Information:

Nancy L. Provolt, M.A.

Areas of specialization:

  • Women and the Environment (EcoFeminism)
  • Women and Activism
  • Women and Poverty
  • Women and Culture; A Global Analysis
  • Entrepreneurship for Women: A Global Analysis
  • Women in Non-Profit and For-Profit Corporation; A Multidimensional Approach
  • Entrepreneurship for Women: A Global Analysis
  • Women and the American Experience
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • American Studies and Innovation
  • Ethics and Health

Contact Information:

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Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the connection between gender and poverty that is otherwise known as the ìfeminization of poverty.î We will study the correlations between social, economic, and political consequences, and how poverty is not recognized. This course will also look at the privilege that being wealthy and male provides. This course will study the unspoken assumption that caring for the home and children are a womanís responsibility and how a change in female/male role expectations could help resolve many of these issues. Theory and political action, particularly as they relate to the issues of race and ethnicity, will be emphasized. Students will both read the works of women writers in this field and also examine their own communities to analyze the ways in which the individual, community values, and how systems of power play a key role in further keeping women and children in poverty. Students will also learn to formulate responses and interpretations using varied strategies (e.g., critical reading, online self-reflection, comparative analysis). We will also examine other social issues such as population, the wage gap, health care and religion.

Textbook Information:

GST301 TEXTBOOK

Flat Broke With Children: Women in the Age of Welfare Reform. Susan Hays (2004)

ISBN-13: 978-0195176018
GST301 TEXTBOOK

For Crying Out Loud: Womenís Poverty in the United States. Diane Dujon and Ann Withorn (1996)

ISBN-13: 978-0896085299

GST301 TEXTBOOK

Wages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, Womenís Poverty, by Amalia Cabezas; Ellen Reese; Marguerite Waller (2007)

ISBN-13: 978-1594513480

GST301 TEXTBOOK

Women, Work, and Poverty: Women-Centered Research for Policy Change. Heidi Hartmann (2006)

ISBN-13: 978-0789032461

GST301 TEXTBOOK

Women and Work-Volume 6: Exploring Race, Ethnicity and Class. Elizabeth Higginbotham and Dr. Mary Romero (1997)

ISBN-13: 978-0803950597

It is your responsibility to order your textbooks. Online textbook retailers such as Amazon.com, ABEbooks.com, or Half.com usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.
Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact books required in this syllabus.

Semester Midpoint Requirements:

Requirements for semester students: (Note: this does not apply to full-year students. If you are unsure of your status, the information appears in your gradebook.)

  1. Complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.
  2. Reach the midpoint of your course, as indicated on the lesson page, two weeks after the first day of midterm week. The exact date is posted in the Announcements section of the course in Blackboard. Any lesson assignment or exam needed to reach the midpoint, but not completed by the midpoint deadline, will receive a grade of zero.
  3. The last day to submit lessons is the last day of class per the UM Registrarís academic calendar.
  4. The final exam must be taken by the last day of finals week.

Course Objectives:

If you complete this course successfully, you will:

  • Be able to understand more fully the connections between theoretical concepts and peoples lived experience in relation to the feminization of poverty: The personal is political is a statement closely associated with women and poverty. Many of the readings for this course will illustrate a strong correlation between social, economic and political consequences and how poverty is not recognized. Required learning activities also explore this connection.
  • Be able to recognize the intersection of gender and the environment: Gender -- the social-cultural elaboration of sexual difference -- shapes identities, defines behavioral expectations, and frames individual possibilities. Since gender constantly interacts with other cultural-social constructs such as race and class, one cannot accurately speak of men-in-general or women-in-general. Many of the readings and learning activities of the course deal with this intersection.
  • Improve critical thinking skills: The readings and the written assignments for this course are designed to prompt you to think about women, children and the ìfeminization of poverty.î Critical does not mean to criticize, but to question based on reason and evidence.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 14 instructional modules (or lessons).

Unit
Topic Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
Pacing Guide
to complete the course in one semester
Start Here
Syllabus and Orientation

*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.* NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz
Week 1
1
An Introduction to Gender and Poverty
  • Hayes, ìFlat Broke With Childrenî(Acknowledgments, Introduction Pg. ix)
  • Higginbotham, et. al. ìWomen and Work-Volume 6: Exploring Race, Ethnicity, and Classî (Series Editorís Introduction-Ann Stromberg, Barbara A. Gutek, and Laurie Larwood. Pg. ix.)
  • Hartmann, ìWomen, Work, and Poverty: Women-Centered Research for Policy Changeî(Introduction, Pg. 1)
  • Dujon, et. al., ìFor Crying Out Loud: Womenís Poverty in the United Statesî (Introduction, Preface Still Crying Out Loud, Ann Withorn, Pg. xiii)
  • Cabezas, et. al., ìWages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, Womenís Povertyî (Introduction-The Policies and Ideologies of Neoliberal Globalization)
Journal Entry
Week 1
2
The Historical Perspective of Gender and Poverty
  • Hayes, ìFlat Broke With Childrenî(Chapter 1. Money and Morality, pg. 3)
  • Higginbotham, et. al. ìWomen and Work-Volume 6: Exploring Race, Ethnicity, and Classî(Historical and Economic Perspectives, Pp. 1-28)
  • Cabezas, et. al., ìWages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, Womenís Povertyî(Chapter 1, Useche and Cabezas)
  • Hartmann, ìWomen, Work, and Poverty: Women-Centered Research for Policy Changeî (The Changing Impact of Marriage, Motherhood and Work on Womenís Poverty, Pg. 5)
  • Dujon, et. al., ìFor Crying Out Loud: Womenís Poverty in the United Statesî Chapter One, Pp. 9-17)
Journal Entry, Written Assignment
Week 2
3
The Vicious Cycle of Poverty
  • Hayes, ìFlat Broke With Childrenî (Chapter 2, Pg. 33)
  • Higginbotham, et. al., ìWomen and Work-Volume 6: Exploring Race, Ethnicity, and Classî(Part II, Manufacturing and Domestic Service, Pp. 53-57)
  • Cabezas, et. al, ìWages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, Womenís Povertyî (Chapterís 2 & 3, Roy & Stoever)
  • Hartmann, ìWomen, Work, and Poverty: Women-Centered Research for Policy Changeî(Schneider, Pg. 41)
  • Dujon, et. al., ìFor Crying Out Loud: Womenís Poverty in the United Statesî (Walker and Flanders, et. al., pp. 19-29)
Written Assignment, Journal Entry
Week 3
4
Is Poverty a ìWomanís Issue?î
  • Hayes, ìFlat Broke With Childrenî(Chapter 3, Pg. 63)
  • Dujon, et. al. ìFor Crying Out Loud: Womenís Poverty in the United Statesî(Pp. 41-67)
Written Assignment, Journal Entry
Week 4
Research assignment 1 Research assignment exploring the most important social issue facing us today in regards to women and children in poverty. Complete this assignment before moving to the next unit. Do not begin the next lesson until the research assignment has been submitted. Week 4
5
Exploring the Link: Social Issues and Welfare
  • Carbezas, et. al, ìWages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, Womenís Povertyî (Chapter 4, Chatterjee)
  • Hayes, ìFlat Broke With Childrenî (Chapter 4, Pg. 95)
  • Hartmann, ìWomen, Work, and Poverty: Women-Centered Research for Policy Changeî(Press,
  • Johnson-Dias and Fagan, Pg. 55)
  • Higginbotham, et. al., ìWomen and Work-Volume 6: Exploring Race, Ethnicity, and Classî(Zavella, Pg. 76)
Written Assignment, Journal Entry
Week 5
6
Economics and Poverty
  • Higganbotham, et. aìWomen and Work-Volume 6: Exploring Race, Ethnicity, and Classî(Hondagneu-SoteloPg. 101)
  • Cabezas, et. al, ìWages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, Womenís Povertyî (Chapter 5, Karides)
  • Dujon, et. al. ìFor Crying Out Loud: Womenís Poverty in the United Statesî(Pp. 79-107)
Written Assignment, Journal Entry
Week 6
MIDPOINT OF COURSE

If you are a semester student, you must complete all lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint by two weeks after the first day of midterm week.

If you are a full-year UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the next lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course
Two weeks after the first day of midterm week. The exact day is posted in the Announcements section of the course in Blackboard.
7
Positions of Inequality
  • Higganbotham, et. al. ìWomen and Work-Volume 6: Exploring Race, Ethnicity, and Classî(Morgen, Pg. 131)
  • Cabezas, et. al, ìWages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, Womenís Povertyî (Chapter 6, Reese)
  • Hayes, ìFlat Broke With Childrenî (Chapter 5, Pg. 121)
  • Dujon, et. al. ìFor Crying Out Loud: Womenís Poverty in the United Statesî(Pp. 151)
Written Assignment, Journal Entry
Week 7
8
Women, Invisibility and Poverty
  • Carbezas, et. al, ìWages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, Womenís Povertyî (Chapter 7, Fisher)
  • Hartmann, ìWomen, Work, and Poverty: Women-Centered Research for Policy Changeî(Schleiter, Statham, Reinders, Pg. 81)
  • Hartmann, ìWomen, Work, and Poverty: Women-Centered Research for Policy Changeî(Kohn, Pg. 97)
  • Hayes, ìFlat Broke With Childrenî (Chapter 6, Pg. 179)
Written Assignment, Journal Entry
Week 8
9
Gender, Race and Poverty
  • Higganbotham, et. al. ìWomen and Work-Volume 6: Exploring Race, Ethnicity, and Classî(Weber, Higginbotham/ Min, Pp. 153-176)
  • Dujon, et. al. ìFor Crying Out Loud: Womenís Poverty in the United Statesî(Pp. 121-141)
  • Hartmann, ìWomen, Work, and Poverty: Women-Centered Research for Policy Changeî (Jones, DeWeever, Pg. 113)
  • Dujon, et. al. ìFor Crying Out Loud: Womenís Poverty in the United Statesî(Pp. 121-141)
Written Assignment, Journal Entry
Week 9
Mid Course Exam
Proctored Exam

Be sure to complete all previous assignments before taking this exam. Complete this test before moving on to the next unit.

The midterm covers units 1-9.

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Week 9
10
The Globalization of Poverty
  • Carbezas, et. al, ìWages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, Womenís Povertyî (Chapter 8, Misra and Merz)
  • Higginbotham, et. al. ìWomen and Work-Volume 6: Exploring Race, Ethnicity, and Classî(Pardo, Pg. 197)
  • Dujon, et. al. ìFor Crying Out Loud: Womenís Poverty in the United Statesî (Pp. Pp. 155-183)
Written Assignment, Journal Entry
Week 10
11
Culture and Poverty
  • Carbezas, et. al, ìWages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, Womenís Povertyî (Chapter 9, Munoz)
  • Hayes, ìFlat Broke With Childrenî (Chapter 7, Pg. 179)
  • Higginbotham, et. al. ìWomen and Work-Volume 6: Exploring Race, Ethnicity, and Classî(Pardo/Dickson, Pp. 197-216)
Written Assignment, Journal Entry
Week 11
Research assignment 2 Research assignment that investigates ways each of us can help to create social change. Complete this assignment before moving to the next unit. Do not begin the next lesson until the research assignment has been submitted. Week 11
12
ìStill Crying Out Loudî
  • Hartmann, ìWomen, Work, and Poverty: Women-Centered Research for Policy Changeî(Pg. Johnson,135)
  • Hartmann, ìWomen, Work, and Poverty: Women-Centered Research for Policy Changeî(Knight, Pg. 151)
  • Cabezas, et. al, ìWages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, Womenís Povertyî (Chapter 10, Mellon)
  • Cabezas, et. al, ìWages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, Womenís Povertyî (Chapter 11, Esbenshade)
  • Dujon, et. al. ìFor Crying Out Loud: Womenís Poverty in the United Statesî (Pp. Pp. 223)
Written Assignment, Journal Entry
Week 12
13

Implication of Gender and Poverty

  • Hartmann, ìWomen, Work, and Poverty: Women-Centered Research for Policy Changeî (Fisher & Lyons, Pg. 161)
  • Hartmann, ìWomen, Work, and Poverty: Women-Centered Research for Policy Changeî(Lovell & Gi-Taik Oh, Pg. 169)
  • Cabezas, et. al, ìWages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, Womenís Povertyî (Chapter 12, Allen)
  • Cabezas, et. al, ìWages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, Womenís Povertyî (Chapter 13, Olmsted)
  • Dujon, et. al. ìFor Crying Out Loud: Womenís Poverty in the United Statesî (Pp. Pp. 309-337)
Written Assignment, Journal Entry
Week 13
14

Understanding Gender and Poverty-Final Thoughts

  • Hartmann, ìWomen, Work, and Poverty: Women-Centered Research for Policy Changeî(Ohler & Folbre, Pg. 185)
  • Cabezas, et. al, ìWages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, Womenís Povertyî (Chapter 14, Ezeilo)
  • Cabezas, et. al, ìWages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Repression, Womenís Povertyî (Chapter 15, Kolhatkar)
  • Dujon, et. al. ìFor Crying Out Loud: Womenís Poverty in the United Statesî (Pp. Pp. 341-369)
  • Hayes, ìFlat Broke With Childrenî (Chapter 8, Pg. 215)
Written Assignment, Journal Entry
Week 14
Final Exam
Proctored Exam

Be sure to complete all previous assignments before taking this exam. Any assignments not completed before the exam is taken will receive a grade of zero. All course work must be graded before you will be eligible to take the Final Exam.

The final mainly covers lessons 10-14, but the essays may span the whole course.

To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit
Week 15

Grading:

GRADING SCALE

94 - 100% = A
90 - 94% = A-
87 - 90% = B+
84 - 87% = B
80 - 84% = B-
77 - 79% = C+
74 - 77% = C
70 - 74% = C-
64 - 69% = D
Below 64% = F

GRADING INFORMATION:

The grading format is as follows:

Unit Assignments (journals and written assignments) 50%
Research Assignments 15%
Midterm 15%
Final 20%

FAILURE TO PASS THE FINAL EXAM WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE COURSE.

Testing Information:

A student who wishes to receive credit for an Independent Study course must take all required exams under the supervision of an approved test site official (a proctor). There is a testing center available to iStudy students on the Oxford campus (DETL, Distance Education Testing Lab) to proctor examinations for students in the Oxford area. Students near Tupelo, Southaven, Grenada, or Booneville can use our regional campus testing centers. Other students are allowed to take exams from any approved 2-or 4-year college or university. Testing centers and head librarians at public libraries can also serve as proctors, but K-12 schools are not acceptable. More information is available on the iStudy website. If you are testing in Oxford, you need to submit an exam application via Register Blast. The link to Register Blast can be found at the iStudy website. If you are not testing in Oxford, you need to submit an online exam application via the iStudy website.

NOTE:

  • To sit for an exam, the student must meet all testing requirements.
  • It is the student's responsibility to contact a proctor and schedule a testing appointment for each and every test he/she is required to take.
  • It is the student's responsibility to provide Independent Study at Ole Miss with his or her proctor information at least seven (7) days before the examination window opens.
  • If you are unable to use one of the proctors on the list, you are still responsible for locating a proctor for each and every test.

Additional Information:

In an Independent Study course, a student's reading comprehension and written communication skills become even more important than in traditional lecture courses because they are the student's primary means of receiving knowledge and demonstrating mastery of that knowledge. Accordingly, reading comprehension and written communication skills are necessary for success in this course.

Online Attendance Verification: The University requires that online students show active virtual participation as a substitute for physical presence. Active participation is evaluated by submission of a graded assignment within the first two weeks of the course. Simply logging in to Blackboard does not count. For iStudy, you can show engagement by taking the syllabus quiz. You will be dropped from the class if you fail to take the quiz by the end of the second week after enrollment. If you have already submitted any other assignment, you do not need to take the quiz.

Videos: Most lessons contain at least one video, so you'll need speakers or headphones and the download capacity to watch short videos.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  1. The course readings and assignments do not necessarily reflect my personal opinion or perspective. I am teaching the subject matter and welcome everyoneís respectful input and views.
  2. Spelling and punctuation in submitting work are very important. If you need any assistance with material you don't understand, please feel free to let me know.
  3. The University plagiarism/cheating policy: There is no tolerance for plagiarism or cheating at the University or in this course. The University requires faculty to report any dishonest work, and the student will both fail the course and possibly be expelled from the college. This policy will be practiced in this course. To ìplagiarizeî is to take someone elseís words or ideas and pass them off as your own. If you take an authorís words and change them around or do a few substitutions, it is plagiarism even if you cite the source. Using another studentís paper to do an assignment is also plagiarism. Donít plagiarize. A student who plagiarizes will receive an ìFî in this course regardless of the studentís average in the course.
  4. Quoted material: In your Research Assignments, Midterm Exam and final exam, you may not include lengthy quoted material such as more than 3 sentences at one time. Instead, write about the course material in your own words. You must include quoted material in your posted discussion messages on the readings. Be sure to cite the page number and authorís last name when citing a quote. This is called integration of the readings for the discussion board. *Check out how to quote in the Additional Resources area of the course*
  5. For the research assignments, one page = one full page in length..
  6. Syllabus changes: I reserve the right to make changes in the syllabus when necessary to meet learning objectives.

Please be honest with your work! You and your work both deserve it.

Grading: It is imperative to follow the requirements when completing unit work as well as research assignments, Midterm and Final Exams. If no direct quote from the readings is integrated into your analysis to the unit question, then up to 20 points can be deducted. It is also a requirement to cite the authorís last name as well as the page number when using a direct quote. Not doing so is considered to be plagiarism. Please see the policy below regarding this. Points will be deducted accordingly if all components of the questions are not thoroughly answered. Merely stating ìI agreeî does not constitute a thorough answer and points will be deducted depending upon how much of the question is not answered.

Workload: Students in a face-to-face class spend 2.5 or more hours in class each week and an additional 2-3 hours working on class material for every hour spent in class. That equals approximately 8-10 hours per week of work expected of a student. For this class, the unit work may take you a little less than 2.5 hours. The out-of-class work should take an average of 4-5 hours per week. Please be sure that you are able to manage your time appropriately so that you can be successful in this course. As you know, time does go fast so be sure to pace yourself. Time management is crucial to being successful. Be sure to provide yourself with enough time to complete the required readings and assignments on a regular basis. If you do not fully complete the current unit you are in, you should not move to the next unit. If you turn in a unit before completing the previous one, it will not be graded.

Research Assignments: You must submit two research assignments (3-4 full pages, format depending upon the report) along with a final project. You may not use quoted material from any of the course readings or from other published sources in activity reports. Use your own words only. Research assignments are shown on the Lessons page when they are due. The research assignment requires you to do something in addition to the reading for the unit. Whatever the particular activity, your research assignment for the unit must relate the activity to at least two of the readings in the unit for that week. You may not submit a research assignment on a unit after the next learning unit begins. No late research assignment papers will be accepted. Please note there is no making up a research assignment. This is a great way to explore the readings and to earn points. You must cite at least two course readings as well as provide a works cited and title page as well as a title page. Any of these requirements not being met results in a loss of points. All papers must meet MLA requirements. Submit your Research Assignments via the Blackboard dropboxes.

Final Project: You must submit your final project before you can schedule and take your final exam. For the final project, you will choose between two different research topics and you will also choose the format to use when presenting the results.

Professional Standards in Communication. Students are required to utilize professional netiquette in this online course. This means being respectful at all times. This class is a safe and learning friendly environment where all opinions matter. Check out http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/06/15-essential-netiquette-guidelines-to.html for more information regarding netiquette. E-Mail Netiquette: When sending an e-mail to me please make sure that you are addressing me by using ìDear Professor Provoltî or ìHello Professor Provoltî and then proceed to write your message. Do not begin your e-mail with ìHeyî or ìGuess Whatî, etc. All caps comes across as yelling through e-mail as well. Also, be certain to sign your name at the end of your e-mail. I try to respond to all e-mails as quickly as possible. However, standard reply time is two days. You are adults in a college setting so I expect professionalism in the e-mails that you send to me.

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