Doing Gender and Why it Matters (4th Re-run) is a 6-week MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) taught by more than 20 faculty members from HKU and professionals engaged in gender-related developments in Asia. The course starts on 28 September on edX.
Doing Gender and Why it Matters is taught by over 20 HKU instructors, practitioners and academics in the field.
Why are we creating an online course about gender? More specifically, why does gender matter?
As you will be aware of from recent media coverage, gender is everywhere in society. Our daily lives are embedded in gender. From our social roles, to our attitudes and behaviours, to our interactions with others, and in our work, gender is ever present. Now with the call for gender equality gaining public prominence, we hope to give you the tools and lens for understanding what exactly is gender – moreover, to be aware of certain gender stereotypes and unconscious biases that are ever present.
Let’s take this 6-week journey to unveil myths, taboos, and knowledge about gender together, navigating cross-culturally, historically, philosophically and sociologically. Some of the questions we’ll explore include: How do we define gender? What assumptions and biases emerge in our relationships within the family, work and politics? How does the media construct gender? How should we interpret the recent #metoo campaign? Sexual harassment, discrimination, sexual violence are gender relevant social issues that we will take you through.
What to expect after taking this course?
After six weeks, you will become an expert on gender issues, and be able to have your own critical perspectives about them to evaluate current events. Even more, to start having these conversations with your friends and family and make an impact!
What’s new in the 4th rerun course?
A new thematic unit of “Gender in Health System and Policy Gender” with a series of video lessons in Sexuality Education is added to the “Private and Public Spheres” unit in the Rerun course. Among the new topics are HIV/AIDS, The Social Construction of Female and Male Body and Sexuality Education.
A bit more about us…
‘Doing Gender and Why it Matters?’ is MOOC course offered by the University of Hong Kong. Led by Prof. Karen Joe Laidler from Department of Sociology, in collaboration with the Women Study’s Research Centre (WSRC), this course is a joint effort of scholars from different discipline such as law, history, culture, sexuality, who feel strongly about gender issues in Hong Kong, and wider globe.
Course Registration: https://www.edx.org/course/doing-gender-and-why-it-matters
Course Start Date: 28 Sep 2022
Course Length: 6 Weeks
Prerequisite: No entry requirement
Course Payment: Free of charge for all learners in the Audit Track
(Audit Learners have an option to upgrade for a Verified Certificate, see the course page for details.)