To Gender Infinity and Beyond: Envisioning a Better Future

Programme Code: SISA2215

Faculty of:

Managed by: HKU Summer Institute

Level-of-study: S3-S6

Area of Interest: Arts

Programme Period: August 15, 2022 to August 19, 2022

Programme Schedule: Monday to Friday (10:00-13:00)

Programme Fee: HKD 3,400

Teaching Mode: Online

Deadline for Application:
July 22, 2022

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Lecturer: Dr. So Alison Yam Wah, School of Humanities

Course Description:

This course aims to promote gender equity, diversity, and awareness among students. It explores a wide range of contemporary issues through the lens of gender, including body positivity movements, ‘leftover women’, Black Lives Matter, and gender inclusion in the workplace. Students will examine how gender operates differently in individuals, communities, and institutions. They will develop stronger sensitivity to gender stereotypes and sexism in daily lives and popular culture. Apart from learning basic gender studies concepts like sexism and intersectionality, students will also acquire skills to debunk gender myths and develop a more diverse workplace as future leaders. Guest speakers are invited to share their experiences in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in different professional domains. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with each other to propose plans to advocate gender equity.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Acquire the lens of gender that help to critically engage with contemporary debates in everyday life and popular culture
  • Able to critically evaluate gender representations in social media, popular culture, and public discourses
  • Understand how gender differences and inequalities are constructed and reinforced in different domains of social lives
  • Propose plans that could challenge and reconstruct gender differently for a better future

Key Topics For Each Session:

Date Topic
August 15, Monday (10:00 – 13:00) Day 1: Developing a ‘Gender Lens’: Rethinking Gender in Everyday Life

·         Why Gender Matters?

·         How to develop a Gender Lens?

·         Debunking Gender Myths in Everyday Life

August 16, Tuesday (10:00 – 13:00) Day 2: My Body, My Rights?: Body Politics in Contemporary Society

·         What is Body Politics?

·         Gender Stereotypes in Popular Culture

·         Body Positivity Movements on Social Media

August 17, Wednesday (10:00 – 13:00) Day 3: (Un)Doing Family: Gender, Love and Sexuality

·         Gender Politics in Love and Intimacy

·         Gender and Power Dynamics in Marriage and Family

·         Alone Together: ‘Leftover women’ and ‘leftover men’ in Contemporary Society

August 18, Thursday (10:00 – 13:00) Day 4: Intersectionality: To Gender Infinity and Beyond

·         What is Intersectionality?

·         Feminisation of Poverty: When Gender Meets Class

·         Black Lives Matter (BLM): When Gender Meets Race

August 19, Friday (10:00 – 13:00) Day 5: Envisioning a Better Future: Promoting Gender Equity and Diversity in Everyday Lives

·         Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Workplace – Guest Speaker

·         What are the Obstacles in achieving Gender Equity in Hong Kong?

·         Gender and Leadership: How to Make Changes?


  • Class Participation: 30%
  • In-class Exercise: 30%
  • Group Collaboration: 40%

• Students of non-credit bearing programmes will receive a certificate upon programme completion. Students of credit-bearing programmes can apply a transcript stated with HKU credits, please contact your home institution about the issue related to HKU credits recognition.

• You understand that you must be available for the entire duration of the programme, from the start to the end of the programme. 20% absence is allowed for emergencies or sick leave with legitimate reason and official letterhead proof for the absence. Students have the responsibility to contact the programme coordinator and/or teacher concerned about this ahead of time. No exceptions will be made, unless prior approval has been given. You are expected to be punctual for all classes and tutorials. Unexcused cases of lateness may count as absence. Students who fail to achieve an 80% of attendance or absence without legitimate reason and official letterhead proof for the absence will not be awarded the HKU Credits or the Certificate of Completion.