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Course description[edit]

This course is a hybrid reading intensive seminar course discussing gender, women and American politics. This course will give an overview of women and how they have participated in American politics—as activists, voters, and politicians—and, also, how gender has played a role in our historically male-dominated government institutions. From the fight for suffrage to the first major presidential run by a woman, the readings and discussions in this class will be historical and contemporary, theoretical and empirical. Finally, because this course is hybrid we will be using technology and social media throughout this course to not only enhance lectures and readings but to complete course assignments.

Instructor and Ambassadors[edit]

Danielle N. Pritchett (Dnmppolitico)
Online Ambassadors


Week Summary In Class Assignments Due
3 Wikipedia Essentials
  • Introduction to how Wikipedia will be used in the course
  • Handout: Welcome to Wikipedia (available in print or online from the Wikimedia Foundation)
  • Read Five pillars, an explanation of Wikipedia's basic rules and principles

15 June 11:59PM

3 Editing Basics
  • Create a Wikipedia account, create a user page, and sign up on the list of students on the course page.
  • To practice editing and communicating on Wikipedia, introduce yourself to one of the class's Online Ambassadors (via talk page), and leave a message for a classmate on their user talk page.

15 June 2012 11:59PM

3 Exploring the topic area
  • Critically evaluate an existing Wikipedia article related to the class, and leave suggestions for improving it on the article's discussion page.
  • Research and list 3 articles on your Wikipedia user page that you will consider working on as your main project. Ask your class's Online Ambassadors for comments.

15 June 2012 11:59PM

4 Using sources
  • Add 1–2 sentences of new information, backed up with a citation to an appropriate source, to a Wikipedia article related to the class.

22 June 2012 11:59PM

4 Choosing articles
  • Instructor evaluation of student's article selections.
  • Discuss the range of topics students will be working on and strategies for researching and writing about them.
  • Select an article to work on, removing the rest from the course page.
  • Compile a bibliography of relevant research and post it to the talk page of the article you are working on. Begin reading the sources.

22 June 2012 11:59PM

5 Drafting starter articles
  • Instructor and/or Campus Ambassadors talk about Wikipedia culture & etiquette, and [optionally] introduce the concept of sandboxes and how to use them.
  • Q&A session with instructor and/or Campus Ambassadors about interacting on Wikipedia and getting started with writing
  • Video resource: Sandbox tutorial
  • If you are starting a new article, write a 3–4 paragraph summary version of your article (with citations) in your Wikipedia sandbox. If you are improving an existing article, write a summary version reflecting the content the article will have after it's been improved, and post this along with a brief description of your plans on the article's talk page.
  • Begin working with classmates and Online Ambassadors to polish your short starter article and fix any major transgressions of Wikipedia norms.
  • Continue research in preparation for expanding your article.

29 June 2012 11:59PM

5 Did you know
  • Move sandbox articles into main space.
  • For new articles or qualifying expansions of stubs, compose a one-sentence "hook," nominate it for "Did you know," and monitor the nomination for any issues identified by other editors.
  • Begin expanding your article into a comprehensive treatment of the topic.

29 June 2012 11:59PM

5 Building articles
  • Expand your article into an initial draft of a comprehensive treatment of the topic.
  • Peer review your partner's article and copy-edit. Make sure they look at your article too. (You don't need to start reviewing yet.)

29 June 2012 11:59PM

6 Getting and giving feedback
  • As a group, have the students offer suggestions for improving one or two of the students' articles, setting the example for what is expected from a solid encyclopedia article.
  • Peer review one of your classmates' articles. Leave suggestions on the article talk pages.
  • Copy-edit the two reviewed articles.

6 July 2012 11:59PM

6 Responding to feedback
  • Open discussion of the concepts of neutrality, media literacy, and the impact and limits of Wikipedia
  • Make edits to your article based on peers' feedback.
  • Nominate your article for Good Article status.
  • Prepare your final in-class presentation about your candidate and Wikipedia editing experience.

6 July 2012 11:59PM

6 Class presentations & Final Paper
  • Students give in-class presentations about their women candidate and experiences editing Wikipedia.
  • Add final touches to you Wikipedia article. Try to address issues from Good Article reviews.
  • Include a reflective essay (2-5 pages) section in your final paper about your Wikipedia contributions.

Final Paper - 6 July 2012


Students - Please take time to add your articles below and to indicate which article you will be peer reviewing. If you haven't reached out to your partner please contact them via their talk page (scroll down to Students and click "Talk" next to your partner's user name. Finally, because some of you have had issues with your added content being selected for deletion, please place the text of YOUR article on YOUR talk page for your partner to access and edit. If your contributions have been edited or deleted add the comments shared with you to the above so that your partner can help you work through those comments.

This table will list each article that a student is working on, and which other students will be peer reviewers for the article.

User Article 1st reviewer 2nd reviewer
BJordan313 Nia Gill open open
Katemolly Debbie Wasserman Schultz Katie open
K8Cummins Shelley Adler Kate open
careymur Mazie Hirono and her work with NOW Katie open
shampa R Michele_Bachmann#Immigration_policy open open
Michellesalim Michele Bachmann and Contraception open open
Creating a new article, rather than working on an existing one?
Enter your new article name here:

Article banners

To mark each article the subject of a student project, add the following code at the top of the talk page for each article: {{ WAP assignment | course = Wikipedia:United States Education Program/Courses/WomenAndAmericanPolitics (Danielle N. Pritchett) | university = Rutgers University | term = 2012 Q2 | project = }} That will result in the following banner (and make the articles easy to track):


ATTENTION: Grading Breakdown Has Been Updated

Below is a sample breakdown of how your Wikipedia contributions will be graded. The collective of the below will together compose 30% of your grade in the entire course:

 % of Grade Assignment(s)
5% Participation grade for early Wikipedia exercises
5% Peer reviews and collaboration with classmates
10% Reflective essay
10% Quality of main Wikipedia contributions, evaluated in light of reflective essay

Again, the above is a breakdown of the 30% value the Wikipedia assignment has in this course.