Education and the Status of Women:

Comparative Perspectives

Education 197 / Sociology 134 / Feminist Studies 139A
Spring Quarter 2001-2002
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00-10:30 AM


Christine Min Wotipka

School of Education
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-3096
Phone: 725-1950
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-4:30PM in Cubberley 328

Course Objectives
This course is designed with the following objectives in mind:

v       To introduce students to theories and perspectives from the social sciences relevant to an understanding of the role of education in relation to structures of gender differentiation and hierarchy.

v       To familiarize students with cross-national research in the status of women including women’s participation patterns in mass and elite education.

v       To enable students to critically evaluate cross-national research on education and the status of women.

Course Format and Evaluation Procedures
This course combines lectures, large and small group discussions, and large and small group activities.  Tuesdays will generally involve presentations of the topics and readings while Thursdays will be devoted to discussion and activities.  All course assignments are described in the syllabus.

Course evaluation will be based on the following criteria:
Class participation                                       20%
Annotated bibliographies                          10%                             Due 4/16
Reflection papers                                        30%  (10% each)       Due 4/23, 5/5 & 5/30
Final take-home exam or paper               40%                             Due per final exam schedule

Course Materials
The course reader is available at the Stanford Bookstore.  A copy is also on reserve in Cubberley School of Education Library for two-hour loan. 

v       Course Readings

v       Course Assignments

Links of Interest at Stanford
School of Education
Sociology Department
Program in Feminist Studies
Women's Community Center
Institute for Research on Women and Gender
Graduate Women's Network
Stanford University Home page