Goals of the Course(JPN)
Goals of the Course
|With the rise of radical right political forces as well as counter-movements exemplified, for instance, by the #MeToo movement, ‘gender’ has been a focal point of recent political developments across different countries. Japan as a country is now facing particularly grave political challenges with regards to gender issues because of an internationally high degree of gender inequality, demonstrated by a series of international rankings. This lecture course aims to provide students with a wider and in-depth understanding of both theoretical discussions on gender and politics and recent developments in Japan.
In order to do so, the lecture course focuses on four different topics that have been highlighted in recent studies on gender and politics, i.e., ‘gender as an analytical lens’,
‘political representation’, ‘the political economy of work’ and ‘the politics of the family’. For each topic, the first lecture examines general theoretical discussions. On that basis, the second lecture explores the Japanese situation. These lectures are supplemented by the discussion sessions through which students will have opportunities to engage in diagnostic analyses of gender politics by making presentations.
Objectives of the Course(JPN)
Objectives of the Course
|On completion of this course, students are expected to be equipped with the ability to first, assess theoretical discussion on gender and politics and second, critically analyse the political process concerning gender issues in Japan.|
Course Content / Plan
|Week 1 Course Introduction
Week 2 What is Gender?
Week 3 Gender as an analytical lens to understand political dynamics
Week 4 Gender as an analytical lens to understand political dynamics in Japan
Week 5 Discussion & Presentation: Gender as an analytical lens to understand political dynamics
Week 6 Gender inequality and political representation
Week 7 Gender inequality and political representation in Japan
Week 8 Discussion & Presentation: Gender inequality and political representation
Week 9 Gender inequality in the labour market and policy responses
Week 10 Gender inequality in the labour market and policy responses in Japan
Week 11 Discussion & Presentation: Gender inequality in the labour market and policy responses
Week 12 The family as a political matter
Week 13 The family as a political matter in Japan
Week 14 Discussion & Presentation: The family as a political matter
Week 15 Wrapping up: Political Alternatives and Gender
Course Prerequisites and Related Courses
Course Evaluation Method and Criteria
|1. Presentations (40%)
2. Final Essay (60 %)
Please refer to the Student Handbook for the grading standard and a pass mark. Each assignment is independently marked out of 100.
|There is no textbook for this course. The reading list will be circulated in the first week.|
|The reading list will be circulated in the first week.|
Study Load(Self-directed Learning Outside Course Hours)
|1. Read the assigned readings before class.
2. Download the lecture slides from NUCT and review them.
Notice for Students
|This course actively uses the NUCT system. Please go to the relevant NUCT site for further information on the 2021 Spring Semester. Students who cannot access the relevant NUCT site should contact the course instructor by email.|
Lecture format, etc.
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