1 MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF WOMEN’S STUDIES/POLITICAL SCIENCE/EUROPEAN STUDIES WSTD 3710 – Special Topics in Women’s Studies: Women, Identities and Politics in Northern Ireland MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY CAMPUS Dr. Katherine Side Department of Women’s Studies Telephone: 737-3322 SN 4084 E-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: Tues. 10:00-12:00 (except 09 Sept.) & by appointment Course Description This course examines the diversity of identities, experiences and circumstances among women in Northern Ireland/the North of Ireland. Course topics may include: women, nationalism and national identities; political representation; civil society organising; institutionalising equality; citizenship and human rights; and peace building. Emphasis will be placed on women, identities and politics in the post-Good Friday Agreement period, in preparation for travel to Northern Ireland. Required Course Texts Marc Mulholland. 2002. Northern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press). Begona Aretxaga. 1997. Shattering Silence: Women, Nationalism and Political Subjectivity in Northern Ireland (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press). & selected articles. Students should purchase the required course texts from the University Bookstore before travelling to the Harlow campus. Both texts will be read in full. Copies of selected articles will be available from the reference librarian at the Harlow campus. Where possible, copies of selected articles may also be placed on electronic reserve and may be accessible through the MUN QE II Library website. Course Evaluation Northern Irish Newspaper Analysis & Journal Shattering Silence Assignment Women’s Participation in Political Parties in NI 30% 30% 30% DUE: 08 Nov. 2008 DUE: 31 Oct. 2008 DUE: 28 Nov. 2008 2 Course Participation 10% THROUGHOUT TERM The evaluation scheme that will be applied to all course assignments is included in the University Calendar 2008-2009, p. 59. Correct use of language is one of the criteria included in the evaluation of all written assignments. Students are responsible for becoming familiar with the University policy on academic misconduct. The policy will be reinforced in this class. The policy is available at: htpp://www.ca/regoff/calendar/UnivRegsAcademicMisconduct.htm The lectures and displays (and all material) delivered or provided in this course, WSTD 3710, including any visual or audio recording thereof, are subject to copyright owned by Dr. Katherine Side. It is prohibited to record or copy, by any means, in any format, openly or surreptitiously, in whole or in part, in the absence of express written permission from Dr. Katherine Side, any of the lectures, materials provided or published in any form during or from this course. Student Preparation It is expected that students will complete all required reading for the course. Students are expected to contribute thoughtfully to all exchanges and to be in regular communication with the professor and other students in the course about course material. Mutual respect and critical engagement with course materials and with others in the course are expected. A grade is assigned for class participation. This grade encompasses all of the following: meaningful contributions to class discussion; appropriate and thoughtful responses to the ideas of others; evidence that you have prepared for class; and clear articulation of ideas that advance class discussion and engage with course materials. If you are not in class, you are not able to participate. Because of the necessity of a compressed course schedule in advance of travelling to the Harlow campus, it is expected that students, in the event of their absence from class, will obtain all missed materials from other students in the course. If you have a documented disability and require accommodation, please contact the Glenn Roy Blundon Centre www.mun.ca/blundon/services. This contact must be made, and the professor must be notified in advance of travelling to Harlow. Course Schedule Thursday, 04 September 2008 10:30 a.m. – 12: 00 noon Sally Davis Seminar Room SC 4087 Harlow Orientation Fall Lectures Begin 3 Introduction to student participants & faculty Introduction to Chris Hibbs, Go Abroad Coordinator, MUN (CONFIRMED) History of Harlow Campus @ Memorial University Introduction and orientation to the programme, Politics and Society in Contemporary Europe: Britain and Ireland from Partition to Present, Harlow Campus Fall 2008 Friday, 05 September 2008 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Sally Davis Seminar Room SC 4087 Course Introductions Orientation to course syllabi & course objectives: POLC 3371 State and Society in 20th Century Europe POSC 3379/EURO 3001 The Politics of Plural and Divided Societies WSTD 3710 Women, Identities and Politics in Northern Ireland Introduction to course content & perspectives, WSTD 3710 Course readings, Mulholland , Northern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction (pp. 1-55) Guest lecturer, Dr. Danine Farquharson, Department of English (CONFIRMED) “Women, Identities and Politics: Representations in Literature and Film” Film: The Wind That Shakes the Barley (127 mins.) (*) (*) If time does not permit screening, students will be expected to view this film on their own time. Monday, 08 September, 2008 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (includes 1–hour lunch, on your own) Sally Davis Seminar Room SC 4087 WSTD 3710 Course Introduction (Contd.) Orientation to required course assignments Orientation to web resources & MUN QE II Library, Irish Studies collection with Dr. Martin Howley (CONFIRMED) Introduction - Nationalism and National Identities Course readings: Mulholland, Northern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction (pp. 55-93) Course readings: Louise Ryan and Margaret Ward “Introduction: Theorising Gender and Nationalism” Irish Women and Nationalism (pp. 1-7) 4 Course readings: Rachel Ward “Chapter 5, Political Actions” in Women, Unionism and Loyalism in Northern Ireland (pp. 113-157) Course readings: Rhiannon Talbot, “Chapter 9, Female Combatants, Paramilitary Prisoners and the Development of Feminism in the Republic Movement” in Women, Unionism and Loyalism in Northern Ireland (pp. 132-144) Begin reading Aretxaga, Shattered Silences Tuesday, 09 September 2008 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sally Davis Seminar Room Conflict, Violence and Communities: Historical Contestations Guest lecturer, Dr. Peter Hart, Department of History, Canada Research Chair in Irish Studies (CONFIRMED) Additional course reading may be required Continue reading Aretxaga, Shattered Silences Wednesday, 10 September 2008 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sally Davis Seminar Room Guest lecturer: Senator Pearce Doherty, Sinn Féin (CONFIRMED, 1:00 -2:00 p.m.) Symbols, Cultures and Communities: Contemporary Contestations Course readings: Mitchell, “Chapter 4, Religion As a Boundary Marker” Identity and Politics in Northern Ireland: Boundaries of Belonging and Belief (pp. 59-68) Course readings: Coulter, “Alternative Representations of the Conflict in Northern Ireland: Republican and Loyalist Murals” Contemporary Northern Irish Society: An Introduction (pp. 200-252) Course Readings: Duffy, “Gazing on the Gazers” Irish Feminist Review, Vol. 2 (pp. 98111) Course Reading: Heaney, “Whatever You Say, Say Nothing” North (poem) Film: Bloody Sunday (107 minutes) (*) (*) If time does not permit screening, students will be expected to view this film on their own time. Friday, 12 September, 2008 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sally Davis Seminar Room 5 Women’s Involvement in Conflict & its Resolution Course readings: Hill “Lessons and Legacies: Feminist Activism in the North, 1970-2000” Women’s Studies Review, Vol. 9 (pp. 135-150) Course readings: O’Keefe, “Trading Aprons for Arms: Feminist Resistance in the North of Ireland” Resources for Feminist Research vol. 30 nos. 3-4 (pp. 39-64). Guest lecturer: Dr. Robin Whitaker, Department of Anthropology “Women, Political Representation and the NIWC” (CONFIRMED) Continue reading Aretxaga, Shattered Silences Monday, 15 September, 2008 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Sally Davis Seminar Room Discussion & distribution of remaining course materials & assignments Wrap-up Continue reading Aretxaga, Shattered Silences Travel to Harlow Campus in evening Monday, 15 September, 2008 NOTE: An additional course syllabus will be distributed for remaining required course work, including assignments and due dates to be completed at the Harlow Campus.