Women`s Studies Course Schedule

WSTD 3710 – Special Topics in Women’s Studies: Women, Identities and Politics in Northern
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
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
DUE: 08 Nov. 2008
DUE: 31 Oct. 2008
DUE: 28 Nov. 2008
Course Participation
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
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:
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
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
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)
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
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
Friday, 12 September, 2008
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Sally Davis Seminar Room
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
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.
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