Gender and Social Development (5 weeks)

Course Code: GEN101
Day: Tue Time: 19:10-21:00 Hours: 10 Sessions: 5 Semester: Fall Medium of Instruction: English Location: Online

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Course Description

This course focuses on five aspects of gender and development, with a particular focus on Japan. Weekly online reading assignments introduce background information, reports and important data to help participants understand the connections between gender and issues such as poverty and women, sexual and gender minorities, and decision-making and leadership. Issues covered during the course include basics reasons for inequality, specific issues which impact differently gendered persons, organizations leading the way in promoting gender equality, changes being made, the obstacles to change, and what we can each do to make a difference.

Learning Objectives

1. Develop a more critical understanding of gender issues
2. Gain a deeper understanding of the universality and particularity of gender issues
3. Develop a deeper awareness of diverse techniques used to promote gender equity
4. Understand how gender is connected to other issues facing contemporary society
5. Create their own strategies for promoting gender equality

Who should take this course

Those interested in gender issues, social change, or learning more about what is going on in the world.
English Level: Advanced


No required textbook


Sarajean Rossitto

Instructor Biography

Sarajean is a Tokyo-based consultant providing program coordination, training program facilitation, and capacity development advisory services for institutions such as JICA, Japan PlatForm, the Give2Asia Foundation, the Center for Global Partnership, Morgan Stanley, Sophia University and others seeking to gain strategic advantage while better meeting community needs and promoting more effective civic engagement. Sarajean's most recent training programs focus on CSR and SDGs, Unconscious Bias and Every day Sexism, Cross Cultural Communications and Basic Conflict Mediation skills development for international organizations and 2020 volunteers. She holds an undergraduate degree in sociology and a Master's in International Affairs with a focus on human rights in East Asia from Colombia University. She has also earned professional certificates in Disaster Management, Humanitarian Response Management and Conflict Mediation.