Transcultural Rural Gender Studies

Course Type: Lecture
Study Focus: SEG
Term: Spring

Teacher: IWASHIMA Fumi

Course Code: JK10002

This seminar centers on three points for considering the difference between rural and urban from gender perspectives.


Feminism and gender studies are often aspatial and assume western urban families as the only available model. This course introduces rural gender studies as a lens through which to consider key topics in modern society.
This seminar centers on three points for considering the difference between rural and urban from gender perspectives. First, rural lifestyles and the family model were different from the ones in urban areas. Most of Japanese agriculture is conducted by small scale family farmers, similar to the EU. By the 1980s, their life and work were not separated like modern wage-earning working families. Everyday life, work, and family style were significant for constructing a gendered identity of rural people. Second, rural people and areas are the targets of policies for rural development and/or rural women’s empowerment. Finally, rural gender studies have criticized the representations of rural women by urban scholars and policymakers as a homogenized category, which colonizes rural women and deprives them of the agency.
This course is divided into four parts. The first part presents basic concepts and major theories of gender studies and feminist rural studies. The second, third, and fourth parts are associated with the points I mentioned before. We focus on rural families and their work, rural policies, and the representations of rural women from feminist perspectives.


Course Information

Module: Focus 1 – Foundations
CATS Requirements: MA 1st year or above.

Day/Period: Mon/5
Location: Sem. 2
Credits: 2


Course Goals

The goals of this course are
-to build familiarity with the key theoretical concepts and terms on rural gender studies.
-to understand historical and current major issues related to the rural lifestyle, family, and work.
-to have developed skills to analyze social problems critically with gender and feminist perspectives.

Course Schedule and Evaluation

For a detailed course schedule, please visit KULASIS or the PandA eLearning platform.

Evaluation is based on active participation 30%(Attendance 10% & Participation 20%), small essay 30%, and final essay 40%.