2024 Studies on Future Society B

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Humanities and social science courses
Jibu Renge 
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Mon1-2(W9-714)  Thr1-2(W9-714)  
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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 education, 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 Guidance: Purpose of lecture, perspective of "future", plan and evaluation What is gender?
Class 2 Unconscious gender bias Why people talk with gender bias without having any bad intention such as discrimination?
Class 3 How to measure gender gap What is "Global Gender Gap Index"?
Class 4 Paid work and unpaid work Learn about paid and unpaid work.
Class 5 Guest Lecture(1) How people can learn about care work.
Class 6 Group Discussion Learn about work and life balance and related policies.
Class 7 Guest Lecture (2) Talk with guest about care work.
Class 8 Reading assignment ① Discussion based on report after reading a book.
Class 9 Gender and Media(1) Watching advertisement, news report, drama and film with gender lens.
Class 10 Gender and Media(2) Presentation & Discussion
Class 11 Gender gap in political field Learn about gender gap in political field
Class 12 Group Discussion Discuss problems and solutions.
Class 13 Reading assignment2) Discussion based on report after reading a book.
Class 14 Better future, which is no gender gap and bias When and how we can make ideal society?

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.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Two reading reports are required. Each students need to obtain the books by themselves and need to write reports.
For the detail, the instructor will talk in the first lecture.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students knowledge, analytical skill and active participation are assessed. Mid reports(total 50%), final report(30%), contribution for the class(20%)

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

Office hours

Please contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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