Spring 2025  |  PA 5601 Section 001: Global Survey of Gender and Public Policy (65253)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Graduate Student
Meets With:
PA 8601 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/21/2025 - 05/05/2025
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 25 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Introduction to the key concepts and tools necessary for gender policy analysis. Survey of the major findings in the field of gender and public policy in policy areas such as poverty alleviation, health, international security, environment and work-family reconciliation. Scope includes local, national, and global policy arenas as well as exploration of gender and the politics of policy formulation.
Class Description:
This course meets with PA5601 and shares readings, discussions and some assignments. Doctoral students have a research paper requirement.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Student interested in developing a foundation in gender and policy analysis should take this course. Students interested in the MPP pre-designed Gender and Public Policy Concentration must take this course.
Learning Objectives:

This course contributes to the general learning outcomes developed for Humphrey School students in the following specific ways (general HHH outcomes in plain text and specific course contributions in italics):

1. to lead and manage in governance across sectors, institutions, and diverse populations and cultures; by developing a better understanding of how diverse populations are differently affected by similar public policies

2. to participate in problem-solving, policy-making, and institutional and societal change in dynamic, uncertain environments; by better understanding the complexity of problems from an intersectional perspective and learning what efforts are most effective for promoting policy change

3. to analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve complex problems, and make decisions informed by quantitative, qualitative, economic, and other methods; by both learning concepts key to intersectional gender policy analysis and critically assessing the methods used in existing gender policy analyses

4. to articulate the essential role of public institutions in democratic societies and the importance of democratic values in delivery of public services; by examining the role of inclusion in policy making processes

5. to understand conceptions of the common good, acknowledge normative and ethical viewpoints, and promote social justice; by developing a clearer understanding of the gendered conceptual underpinnings of many public policies

6. to communicate and interact productively with individuals in diverse and changing cultures and communities; by gaining knowledge of policies developed in diverse local and global communities and their implications

7. to understand global interdependencies and their implications for governance, policy-making, and implementation; by comparing similar policy problems across diverse global contexts and considering their transnational dimensions
Class Format:
Seminar-style course based primarily on discussion.
The course reading load will range from between 100 and 150 pages a week, generally four to five book chapters or journal articles per week. The course materials blend feminist theory with empirical case studies of policy implementation and formulation. Assignments include regular written responses to the readings, a gender policy in practice assignment and a gender policy research paper.
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/cewig_PA5601_Fall2023.docx (Fall 2023)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/cewig_PA5601_Fall2021.pdf (Fall 2021)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/cewig_PA5601_Fall2018.pdf (Fall 2018)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/cewig_PA5601_Fall2016.pdf (Fall 2016)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
13 April 2023

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