UMAP-COIL 2021

online program

This program will be conducted 100% remotely.

August 2nd - September 20th

​2021年8月2日~9月20日

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About the Program

Striving for global citizenry competence in the VUCA world.

This program is designed to give students opportunities to consider global citizenship with regard to key contemporary social issues in international settings, taking international and domestic perspectives. Students will examine a range of broad themes relating to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including topics on foreign policy, international affairs, trade and finance, and defense and security. In addition, we will explore more specific areas of contemporary interest, for example aspects of health and wellbeing, international approaches to education, and business innovation and development. The course is designed to be responsive to topical and immediate global concerns and will draw upon themes and materials as they develop. 

このプログラムでは、VUCA(*) world で活躍できるグローバル人材に必要な能力の育成を目指しています。国際環境における現代の主要な社会問題に関して、国際的および国内的な視点からグローバル・シチズンシップについて考える機会を提供することを目的としています。このプログラムでは、国連の「持続可能な開発目標」(SDGs)に関連して、外交政策、国際情勢、貿易・金融、防衛・安全保障などの幅広いテーマを取り上げます。さらに、現代の関心事である健康と福祉、教育への国際的アプローチ、ビジネスの革新と発展など、より具体的な分野についても学びます。本プログラムは時事的かつ即時的な国際問題に対応できるように設計されており、最新のテーマや教材が取り入れられます。

(*:Volatility(変動)、Uncertainty(不確実)、Complexity(複雑)、Ambiguity(曖昧)の頭文字をつなぎ合わせた造語)

 
 

2021 SCHEDULE

The UMAP-COIL 2021 main online program will run for approximately 7 weeks. Details are outlined below.

*schedule is subject to change

weeks 3 & 4: independent group project

August 10th - August 29th

*asynchronous

Content TBA

week 5: lecture #4

August 30th

10:00 - 11:30 AM (JST)

Lecture 4: "Business for SDGs"

Instructor: JY Wu

Learn WHY business needs to change its mindset and HOW business can do more to address SDGs and generate business ideas out of SDGs.

week 6: lectures #5 & 6

September 6th

10:00 - 11:30 AM (JST)

Lecture 5: "Learning with Indigenous Cultures through Transboundary Environmental Field Schools"

Instructor: Dr. Nick Stanger, Western Washington University

SDGs #5, 10, 13, 14, 15, 17

This lecture will focus on my experience of running two environmental field schools in the Salish Sea, a shared ecosystem among two countries and 65 tribes and First Nations.  Using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework, these field schools seek to engage students in working collaboratively with local governments, non-governmental organizations, First Nations and Tribes, and two universities on wicked problems within the Salish Sea.

Lecture 6: "Social Justice in the Context of COVID-19"

Instructor: Dr. Don Bysouth, Kansai University

SDGs #1, 10, 16

The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted and in many cases exacerbated a range of social inequalities in developed and developing countries, ranging across domains such as employment, education and training, political representation, access to basic health and related services, in addition to many others. Categories of personhood, such as gender, age and ethnicity are also associated with poorer economic and social outcomes in managing pandemic related change. In this lecture we will consider how social justice initiatives relating to pandemic impacts can be understood with reference to several SDGs:  1 (No Poverty), 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).

pre-program workshop

OPEN until
August 1st

 

(on-demand)

On-boarding for ImmerseU

Pre-program assignments and introductory tasks

BEVI Test (T1)
 

*OPIc T1 (Kansai University students only)

week 1: lecture #1

August 2nd

10:00 - 11:30 AM (JST)

Lecture 1: "Overview of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)"

Instructor: Don Bysouth

week 2: lectures #2 & #3

August 9th

10:00 - 11:30 AM (JST)

Lecture 2: "Languages and Wellbeing"

Instructor: Dr. Yumiko Ohara, University of Hawaii at Hilo

SDGs #1, 3, 4, 5, 10, 16

In many parts of the world, people are stratified and marginalized according to their race, ethnicity, religious belief, social class, sex, gender, and sexual orientation, etc., and their languages are similarly stratified and marginalized. Although UNESCO declared 2019 as the year of International Indigenous languages and 2022-2032 as the decade of Indigenous languages, linguists still point to the dire situation throughout the world as half of the world’s languages are predicted to be extinct within this century. The main objective of this lecture is to discuss the overall linguistic situation of the world and consider how the linguistic situation is closely relate to the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN.

Lecture 3: "Gender and Social Change"

Instructor: Dr. Diana Fox, Bridgewater State University

SDGs #5, 8

Sustainable Development Goals 5 (Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls) and 8 (Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all) are intimately related. Since the emergence of first wave feminisms across the globe in the mid-19th century, great strides have been made in equality for women and girls. However, women and girls also remain among the world’s poorest, disempowered and marginalized. In addition, gender is itself an inclusive term that rejects biological determinist notions of girlhood, womanhood, boyhood and manhood, and also embraces transgender identities. This lecture will explore the impact of feminist, gender and queer theories on activism and social change around gender equality with specific respect to economic well-being. It also identifies the ongoing challenges rooted in ideologies, belief systems and power dynamics from interpersonal to global levels. We close with a hopeful vision rooted in equity, equality and a sustainable planet.

week 7: final presentations

September 13th

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (JST)

Content TBA

Guest Panel of Judges: Keiko Ikeda, Don Bysouth, JY Wu, Atlantic Pacific, X-Crop, UMAP

post-program workshop

Closes on
September 20th

Post-program assignments 

BEVI Test (T2)

 

*OPIc T2 (Kansai University students only)

PROGRAM

instructors

UMAP-COIL program lectures will be led and facilitated by Kansai University IIGE faculty members.

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Jiun-Yan (JY) Wu, Ph.D.

Specially Appointed Assistant Professor

KANSAI UNIVERSITY

PRINCIPAL INSTRUCTOR

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Don Bysouth, Ph.D.

Specially Appointed Associate Professor

KANSAI UNIVERSITY

PRINCIPAL INSTRUCTOR

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Keiko Ikeda, Ph.D.

Professor

KANSAI UNIVERSITY

MODERATOR

 

GUEST

speakers

This program will also feature lectures by leading academics
in the fields of linguistics, gender studies, and environmental studies from U.S. 
institutions.

Yumiko Ohara, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT HILO

Yumiko Ohara is an Associate Professor of  the Linguistics Program in Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language, at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo. Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani is internationally known for its successful revitalization of the indigenous language of the region and is a part of the education system that offers education through the Hawaiian language from pre-school to the doctoral level. At the college, Yumiko teaches courses in semantics, pragmatics, phonology, gender and language, and critical applied linguistics. She is especially interested in the relationship between language ideology and language revitalization. Her recent publications include the 2019 co-edited book with Patrick Heinrich, “The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Sociolinguistics.”

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Diana Fox, Ph.D.

Professor

BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY

Diana J. Fox is Professor of Anthropology, Department Chair and founding editor of the Journal of International Women’s Studies at Bridgewater State University. Her feminist decolonial scholar-activism is predicated on partnerships with social movement actors in Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Japan working on issues of gender and sexual diversity, women’s social movement activism for ecological sustainability, women's human rights and transnational feminisms. She is the recipient of four Fulbright fellowships, has published a number of books and articles, is a frequent speaker at conferences and other venues, and has produced and co-directed two documentary films. 

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APPLY

*Students must be officially nominated for this program through their home institutions prior to application.

 

After student endorsements have been received, IIGE will send an application link to nominated students. Please refer to the application timeline below.

DEADLINE for University Endorsement: 12:00pm June 18, 2021 (JST)

Student Applications open: June 18, 2021 (JST)

 

Student Application deadline: June 27, 2021, 12:00 pm (JST)

Program selection results will be sent directly to students’ home institutions by July 9, 2021 (JST).

UMAP pledged institutions should send student applications to your National Secretariat contact or the UMAP International Secretariat by July 1, 2021. Please contact umap-is@umap.org for more information. 

*Kansai University students only (Opened from June 3, 2021 to 12:00 PM June 18, 2021) 

 

Nick Stanger Ph.D.

Associate Professor

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Nick works as an associate professor of environmental education at Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. He completed his Doctorate at the University of Victoria in 2014 and was a Social Sciences and Humanities Council Doctoral Fellow. The main focus of his doctoral research revolved around the learning that occurs from revisiting significant childhood places (www.transformativeplaces.com), and their lasting effects on our lives. His research uses an educationalist lens and participatory techniques to understand environmental sociology, ecological identity, transformative places, and Indigenous responses to climate change. He pursues projects that utilize his unique background as an ecologist, conservationist, educator, and knowledge mobilizer, and look for ways to support participants and provide nuance and complexity to pressing issues. He aims to understand, mobilize, and help create space for Indigenous communities to tell their stories of resurgence, cultural adaptation, and sovereignty all while helping find pathways, protocol, and critical understandings amongst settler-colonial communities.

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COLLABORATING ORGANIZATIONS

The UMAP-COIL 2021 online program will also feature guest speakers from Atlantic Pacific and X-Crop. *tentative

 
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Atlantic Pacific

Lifeboats where there are none.

Atlantic Pacific International Rescue is an NGO with a simple vision; to combat global drowning. 

Atlantic Pacific supply preventative lifesaving assets including bespoke rescue boats, mobile lifeboat stations and a complete training package for the local crew through our unique Atlantic Pacific Lifeboat in a Box stations.

 

This empowers local communities by providing rescue assets, training and boat-building expertise to areas vulnerable to drowning, flooding and natural disasters.

X-Crop

On a mission to make cities, organisations, and people better by design.

At X-Crop, we specialise in Human-Connected Design (bringing together human insights, advanced intelligence, and design futures) and apply cutting-edge design knowledge (thus, technologies) to find answers; we frame, predict and forecast problems and opportunities concerning cities, organisations, and people.

 

In the process, we inclusively craft circular design solutions and make the case for bold actions with a focus on policy, equity, sustainability and climate change to help our partners transition into a 'positive future'.

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