Lebanese American University

Tomorrow’s Leaders

Gender Scholars Program

A LAU TLers participate in Community Service to Mark MEPI Day of Service

The Lebanese American University (LAU) has launched a new Tomorrow’s Leaders Gender Scholars Program (TLS), fully funded by the United States Department of State - Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). The program aims to fortify existing networks in gender studies curriculum and to foster a cross-disciplinary culture of gender mainstreaming in coursework among undergraduate students. Due to the current dire economic situation in Lebanon, TLS program targets currently enrolled, high academically achieving, Lebanese students on financial aid from all fields of study.

This program is led by the School of Arts and Sciences that tailor-made the Gender Series program to meet TLS’s objectives. Indeed the School of Arts and Sciences at LAU has designed a bespoke program, a Gender Series of courses, that consists of multidisciplinary sets of problems relating to national, regional and global issues around Gender and its manifestations in the social, economic, political and cultural lives.

 

TLS - one-of-a-kind program will:

  1. Allow current LAU students to expand their learning abilities, and skills to add knowledge in gender education, activism, and career-building.
  2. Provide students with full gender studies coursework allowing them to advocate for policy reforms that facilitate democratic transitions, encourage women’s participation in different and all sectors of the workforce, and, shed light on inclusive, equitable and fair gender representation in security, conflict resolution and peacemaking.

What does the Program Cover?

Students will receive:

Who can Apply?

To be eligible to apply for this program, you must:

  1. Be a Lebanese undergraduate student currently enrolled at LAU.

  2. Be eligible to receive Financial Aid from LAU.

  3. Have a minimum CGPA of 3.0.

  4. Be willing to register in one gender/women’s studies course per semester.

  5. Have a minimum of two remaining semesters to graduate (at least 24 credits remaining).

Application process:

Recruitment for 2020 is now closed.  Please check back for the application process information.

 

How to Maintain the Scholarship?

Below are the conditions you need to maintain to keep your scholarship for two consecutive semesters:

1. Keep, at all times, a minimum CGPA of 3.0 and above

2. Remain eligible for LAU’s Financial need-based Aid

3. Register in the assigned TLS gender/women’s studies course during each semester

4. Not to drop the gender/women’s studies course. Dropping or withdrawing from the gender/women’s course means the immediate cancelation of the scholarship

5. Maintain, at all times, registration on a full-time basis

Failing to keep all the above conditions at all times, leads to immediate disqualification from the TLS program.

 

LAU and Gender Studies

The interdisciplinary Gender Studies program serves as a concrete embodiment of one of LAU’s values, namely promoting gender equality and inclusiveness. The program:

  1. Focuses on gender, the socially-constructed understandings of what it means to be female or male, and on how the identifications of gender affect people’s status across all social categories.
  2. Builds on a foundation of equality, human rights, and social justice. As such, it is inclusive in nature and combines both academic rigor and social activism. By scrutinizing the gendered power differential between males, females, and, students begin to understand the intersection of inequalities at all levels, and how to tackle such inequalities and promote inclusiveness.
  3. Addresses both academic and practical applications of gender issues, to alleviate power differentials, eliminate discrimination, and be able to fill an identified gender-based need in the job market. 
  4. Integrates gender into all sectors such as the field of education, health, media, political representation, economic participation, etc.
  5. Guarantees a high level of academic freedom as it integrates gender, along with several themes and concepts that are crucial to understanding gender inequality in the Arab world. Accordingly, Graduates of this program could pursue careers in governmental and non-governmental organizations focusing on gender across a broad range of sectors and span across  national, regional, and international level

Core Gender courses series: Students need to complete two gender courses:

Required:SOC488D. Fundamentals of Gender Discrimination, and one of three special field Gender Equality in the Workplace courses , Gender Equality and the Media, and or Negotiation, Mediation, Conflict Resolution.

SOC488D. Fundamentals of Gender Discrimination 

Summary: This course is not about women. This course is not about men. This is a course about the discriminatory practices that women and men experience in various settings – public and private. Discrimination can take many forms: Racial, Economic, Political, Religious and Gendered. Arguably, we have all experienced some form of discrimination in our lifetime, and we have also been agents of perpetuating discrimination (whether we have done this consciously or not).

With a focus on the MENA region, this course introduces the fundamentals of Gender Discrimination: What does it look like? What factors perpetuate it? What is its impact on men and women? What can I do to avoid being complicit in discriminatory practices?

The course engages students in active learning using Game Theory, Problem-Based Learning, and Case studies of real scenarios. Students are challenged to question their own practices and perspectives, and they will be expected to contribute to the active formulation of positive and forward-looking solutions.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Upon completing this course, all students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A critical understanding of the ways in which Gender Discrimination manifests itself in a range of visual and textual sources;

  2. An advanced understanding of the contexts that give rise to gendered discriminatory practices;

  3. A well-developed understanding of the impact that Gender Discrimination has on male and female members of society;

  4. A stronger sense of awareness and analysis of gender definitions, roles and the goals of gender equality.

  5. An engagement with the practice of policymaking in relation to gender equity;

  6. An ability to link the textual learning to practical action, and to disseminate their findings;

  7. An ability to write critically about their roles as citizens and activists;

Gender Equality in the Workplace

Summary: This course examines the nature of contemporary workplaces and the extent to which equal opportunities are afforded to individuals regardless of their gendered identification or their sexual orientation.  With a focus on the MENA region, we study the politics of the corporate world, the dynamics of scientific careers, the changing nature of leadership in society and politics. Our aim is to understand the ways in which the absence of gender equality impacts on a country’s economic prosperity, on its ability to formulate sustainable and scientifically sound strategies that cope with fragile environments, and on its potential to participate in democratic transitions.

The course engages students in active learning using Game Theory, Problem-Based Learning, and Case studies of real scenarios. Students are challenged to question their own practices and perspectives, and they will be expected to contribute to the active formulation of positive and forward-looking solutions.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Upon completing this course, all students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A critical understanding of the ways in which Gender Discrimination manifests itself in a professional setting 

  2. An advanced understanding of the contexts that give rise to gendered discriminatory practices in the workplace

  3. A well-developed understanding of the impact that Gender Discrimination has on males and females in work environments

  4. An engagement with the practice of policymaking in relation to gender equity

  5. An ability to link the textual learning to practical action, and to disseminate their findings

  6. An ability to write critically about their role as citizens and activists

 Gender Equality and the Media

Summary:  This course helps identify, observe, understand, and analyze issues of gender present in traditional as well as social media. Topics covered include the Representation of masculinity and femininity in the media. Gender bias and stereotypes in the portrayal of gender in film, television, internet, and print media. Gendered audiences and gender differences in media reception. Issues of pornography and censorship, in the use of women’s images in advertising and marketing. The role of media transforming as well as perpetuating gender inequality.

These issues need scrutiny from the communications industries, their professionals, as well as media audiences in their relevance for national and global diversity.

The course engages students in active learning using Game Theory, Problem-Based Learning, and Case studies of real scenarios from the MENA region. Students are challenged to question their own practices and perspectives, and they will be expected to contribute to the active formulation of positive and forward-looking solutions.

Course Learning Outcomes: Upon completing this course, all students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A critical understanding of how gendered perspectives can influence media and media products.

  2. Learn about the media’s influence on culture and stereotypes.

  3. Challenge various assumptions about barriers to diverse audience reach.

  4. Adapt professional practices and personal views to fit the needs of a diverse population

  5. Develop sensitivity towards embracing differences in media coverage

  6. Become an informed media consumer

 Negotiation, Mediation, Conflict Resolution

Summary: “Negotiation”, “Mediation” and “Conflict Resolution” are three key skills that any professional must develop. But these skills are not limited to the workplace. Indeed, the ability to undertake effective cross-cultural, cross-gender discussions is an essential component of academic and social development. Numerous frameworks have been developed to train professionals to lead negotiations and navigate the complexities of conflict situations. Yet, few academic interventions have been developed to introduce undergraduate students to the principles and praxis of successful cross-cultural and cross-gender discussions. To this end, the course covers issues of global and regional import, with a focus on the gendered challenges faced in the MENA region.

This course is predicated on three assumptions that: 

  1. the ability to conduct productive conversations in a volatile, high-stakes situation is an essential component of the emotional and intellectual growth of all undergraduate students

  2. the understanding of the power politics that are embedded in any conversation is a crucial determinant of our predisposition towards the stakeholders

  3. gender power politics must be understood, acknowledged, and carefully managed in order to ensure that negotiations, mediations, and conflict-prone situations are addressed in an equitable manner and with long-lasting outcomes.

The course engages students in active learning using Problem-Based Learning and Case studies of real scenarios. Students are challenged to question their own practices and perspectives, and they will be expected to contribute to the active formulation of positive and forward-looking solutions.

Fall 2020 Available Sections:

SR 13884 SOC 488D O11 1 3.000 Topics in Sociology: Fundamentals of Gender Discrimination MWF 01:00 pm-01:50 pm
SR 13885 SOC 488D O12 1 3.000 Topics in Sociology: Fundamentals of Gender Discrimination TR 11:00 am-12:15 pm
SR 13886 SOC 488D O13 1 3.000 Topics in Sociology: Fundamentals of Gender Discrimination TR 05:00 pm-06:15 pm
SR 13863 SOC 488D O31 2 3.000 Topics in Sociology: Fundamentals of Gender Discrimination MWF 05:00 pm-05:50 pm
SR 13864 SOC 488D O32 2 3.000 Topics in Sociology: Fundamentals of Gender Discrimination TR 12:30 pm-01:45 pm
SR 13865 SOC 488D O33 2 3.000 Topics in Sociology: Fundamentals of Gender Discrimination TR 03:30 pm-04:45 pm

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