2021 Studies on Future Society B

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Humanities and social science courses
Jibu Renge 
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Mon1-2(W241)  Thr1-2(W241)  
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on thinking about our future society from the perspective of socially determined sexual differences(gender). In the recent years, in many multinational frameworks such as G20 or G7, global leaders discuss gender mainstreaming and sustainable economic development. There are many documents related with them. In this course we read these documents, discuss the trend and see the future.
For many students, studying, going business trip or giving talks in academic conference in abroad must be matter of course. Those who work and communicate globally need to understand basic knowledge of gender as liberal arts, which is the aim of this course. SDGs Goal5 is "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls". In this course we consider how that can be done. The students will be able to have their own plan to execute achieving gender equality in community, at home, in schools, at workplaces and so on.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:1) Understand what is gender. 2) Realize unconscious gender bias which imprint at home or in schools. 3) Realize existing gender gap in economy or political world. 4) Understand gender norm is created by culture 5) Understand in many areas such as multinational consultations and entertainment industries are implemented gender perspective. 6)Participate in large conferences related with gender issues and give their own opinion and solutions based on evidence based analysis

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
The instructor is an experienced journalist writing over 300 articles about gender issues on newspapers, magazines and online media for the last 7 years. Also giving advices both for corporations and governmental organizations. Based on previous experience, I will make students who actively commit to this course youth leaders in gender and future society.


Gender, Social norm, Unconscious bias, Cross-national comparison, Gender gap

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

At the beginning of the each classes, students present their own opinion or analysis based on preparation reading. Then the instructor explain the each topics. Active participation is strongly recommended. Participation of international students are encouraged. The instructor gives talks in Japanese, but students can speak both in Japanese and English. A part of reading materials are provided in English.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 What is Gender?: Social pressure of "Manliness""Womanliness" Have you ever been told that "You must/mustn't do this""Because you are a boy/girl"?
Class 2 Gender Gap Index Report Reading a report "Gender Gap Index2020"by the World Economic Forum.
Class 3 Love and marriage analyzed by data(1): Guest Lecture Talk by an executive of matching app
Class 4 Love and marriage analyzed by data(2): Reflection of the guest Lecture write an report and discuss in small groups.
Class 5 LGBT (1) Reading assignment Read a book about SOGI(sexual orientation and gender identity), write a report and discuss in small groups.
Class 6 LGBT (2) Guest lecture Talk by a specialist of LGBT.
Class 7 Contents and gender(1) Entertainment Watching TV drama or movie with gender perspective.
Class 8 Contents and gender (2) Advertisement Why advertisements are under fire because of its gender stereotype? How corporations respond them.
Class 9 International Cooperation and gender (1) Guest Lecture Talk by a brand manager who is in charge of NGO working for pregnant women and newly moms in developing countries.
Class 10 International Cooperation and gender(2):Reflection of the guest Lecture write a report and discuss in a small group.
Class 11 Business and gender: Globalization and latest events Learn about demand from institutional investors, G20 leaders' declaration.
Class 12 Business and gender(2)Equal Employment Act(Reading assignment) Read a book written by a person who was in charge of enact EEA, learn about historical sexual discrimination.
Class 13 Work and private (1) gap between hope and reality Discuss in a small group about students' future plan of balancing work and private.
Class 14 Work and private (2)Learn from Data(Reading assignment) Read a book written by Metric Sociologist.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Ryoko Akamatsu "Building an Equal Employment Act" (Keiso Shobo)
Tsutsui Junya "Work and family" (Chuko Shinsho)
Shoshi Matsuoka "LGBT and Harrassment"(Shueisha Shinsho)
Reading assignments requred.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Global gender gap index report, G20 leaders' declaration

Assessment criteria and methods

Students knowledge, analytical skill and active participation are assessed. Three reading reports(10% each), final report(20%), before class assignment(50%)

Related courses

  • LAH.T114 : Studies on Future Society A
  • LAH.T318 : Studies on Future Society C
  • LAH.S443 : Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences51:Studies on Future Society

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)


Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Renge Jibu jibu.r.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp

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