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SOC200ZA(社会学 / Sociology 200)
Race, Class and Gender I: Concepts & Issues

Daiki Hiramori

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Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
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Year 2023
Class code A6216
Previous Class code
Previous Class title (Race, Class and Gender I: Concepts & Issues)
Term 秋学期授業/Fall
Day/Period 火1/Tue.1
Class Type
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Classroom name 市富士‐F408
Grade 2~4
Credit(s) 2
Open Program
Open Program (Notes)
Global Open Program
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Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers (Notes)
Class taught by instructors with practical experience
Urban Design CP
Diversity CP
Learning for the Future CP
Carbon Neutral CP
Chiyoda Campus Consortium
Duplicate Subjects Taken Under Previous Class Title
Category (commenced 2024 onwards)
Category (commenced 2020-2023) 200-level Intermediate Courses(中級)
Category (commenced 2016-2019) 200-level Intermediate Courses
Culture and Society

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Outline and objectives

This class sees our society through the lens of race, class and gender to understand how privilege and inequality are produced, maintained, naturalized and challenged. The course will look at how various inequalities are connected to one another through examining global, national and local issues. Students will learn to analyze how race, class, gender, and sexuality are connected to each other as intersecting inequalities in a society and the world, and on that basis, consider the possibility of an equal but diverse world.


Through lectures, discussion and written assignments, students will learn concepts and theories to analyze how race, class, gender and sexuality affect individuals and society. They will learn to apply these analytical tools and knowledge to form critical opinions on current issues related to various bases of inequalities. Students will acquire skills in critical thinking, analysis and writing that can be applied in other academic fields as well as future careers.

Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?

Will be able to gain “DP 1”, “DP 2”, “DP 3”, and “DP 4”.

Default language used in class

英語 / English

Method(s)(学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )

This course will be based on a combination of short lectures by the instructor and student-led class discussions. Verbal and written feedback on assignments is given during class discussions and through using other tools as appropriate. Students are encouraged to visit the instructor during office hours for more personalized feedback.

Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)

あり / Yes

Fieldwork in class

なし / No


授業形態/methods of teaching:対面/face to face




2[対面/face to face]:Foundation:

What do we mean by inequality?

3[対面/face to face]:Foundation: “Social Class”

How do Marx and Weber conceptualize social class?

4[対面/face to face]:Social Class in Japan

What does social stratification in Japan look like?

5[対面/face to face]:Foundation:
“Race and Ethnicity”

What are the main theoretical approaches to race and ethnicity?

6[対面/face to face]:Critical Race Theory

What are the key premises of Critical Race Theory?

7[対面/face to face]:Defining Japaneseness

Film viewing: "Hafu: The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan"

8[対面/face to face]:Foundation:

What are the main theoretical approaches to gender?

9[対面/face to face]:Gender Inequality in Japan

What does gender inequality in Japan look like?

10[対面/face to face]:Foundation:

What are the main theoretical approaches to sexuality?

11[対面/face to face]:Sexuality Inequality in the Labor Market

What does labor market discrimination based on sexual orientation look like?

12[対面/face to face]:Foundation: “Intersectionality”

What is intersectionality?

13[対面/face to face]:Practicing Intersectionality in Sociological Research

What does it mean for sociologists to practice intersectionality as a theoretical and methodological approach to inequality?

14[対面/face to face]:Review & Final Paper Preparation

What have we learned in this course? Preparing and submitting the final paper

Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)

Students are expected to complete the weekly readings and prepare for class discussion. Please note that the assigned readings for this course tend to be dense. As such, I recommend giving yourself ample time to complete them, even if the number of pages assigned at any given time appears small. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.


No textbook will be used. All readings will be provided by the instructor.


Further references may be provided based on students’ areas of interest.

Grading criteria

Participation: 10%
Discussion facilitation: 20%
Weekly reading responses: 40%
Final paper: 30%

Changes following student comments

Students have generally evaluated the class positively. The instructor will be attentive to student feedback and adjust workload and class material, when necessary.

Equipment student needs to prepare

None. Students are encouraged to use computers/tablets for class-related purposes in class.


Students are strongly encouraged to take Race, Class and Gender II after completing Race, Class, Gender I. Students who have passed Race, Class and Gender I will be given admission priority to the seminar "Intersectionality: Multiple Inequalities."


Students who intend to enroll in this course are expected to have passed "Introduction to Sociology."