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|Name of Organisation:||University of Turin|
|Main implementing organisation:||CIRSDe - Centro Interdisciplinare di Ricerche e Studi delle Donne (interdisciplinry research centre on women studies ) of the University of Turin|
|Line of Business:||Main faculties: political Science, law, economics, literature, Physic, Mathematics.|
|Transferability of the initiative||Programme is considered to be transferable to another context|
|Type of initiative referring to strategic objectives||structural|
|gender in research|
|Type of initiative, located on the stage of career progression of women scientists||Qualification (Higher Education)|
This project was aimed to:
The lack of gender perspective in the university of Turin’s classes. The lack of knowledge among professors and students about gender studies.
The response from the target group was very high. For example many professors added the gender approach to their classes’ programme. We can say that the short term objective has been reached.
The course is online, and until last year the implementing organization was able to monitor the profile of users (internal and external). From 2004 to 2008 750 persons asked to have access to the online training. In 2009 90 persons were external users. The project organized also 2 conferences about “sexuality & gender” and “work&gender” that gave the opportunity to add new modules to the e-course, the participation was very active.
They created and still publish a three months online magazine “Quaderni di Donne & Ricerca”, that is a collection of gender studies publications.
CIRSDe was born as a Centre for Women and Gender Studies, so it was already engaged in promoting equal opportunity. CIRSDE is the frame of reference for research initiatives, advanced teaching and experimental training and cultural discussion between male and female academics and scholars, researchers and educational workers.
Moreover CIRSDE has always worked in close cooperation with the Committee for equal opportunities of the University of Turin.
The person responsible of the initiative was the director of CIRSDE (prof Chiara Saraceno).In Turin 3 employees worked to implement the initiative. In general 20 work contracts have been signed for the implementation of the activities.
The main activities have been: re-styling of CIRSDe web-site, the on line course with several e-learning modules and tutoring, seminars and meetings, creation of a gender oriented magazine, research report. These activities were organized when a research or a professor wanted to deeply analyze some topics (of very various sectors) from a gender perspective.
The modules are:
First level: law, development and environment, economics, sociology
Second level: more specific programmes related to literature, anthropology, discrimination and law, masculinity, art & representation, gender in society.
The total amount of money for UNIGENERE was 100.000,00 Euros for one year. This initiative was part of FSE – POR Regione Piemonte – Ob.3 – Measure E.1 – Interventio line n° 3 e 4: a program of European Union aimed to the promotion of equal opportunities.
The initiative has been well accepted by the target group: the number of people asking an account to follow the on line programme is very high.
The fact that the online course was (and is) open source played a key role for the success of the initiative because that meant freedom of information and availability material.Moreover,also professors can easily find material on gender, adding in this way a gender perspective in their classes.In add,the interdisciplinary of the gender approach course has been important to reach a wide range of interested people.
Some activities have been realized on late, because of the slow bureaucracy of university.
Users are not obliged to fil in a feedback questionnaire. This was a choice in order to leave the online tool easy to use but at the same time they are thinking of ask some questions about the satisfaction or more likely a self evaluation test.
The on line course of CIRSDe is still active on the website.Today CIRSDE’s activities are financed by the university’s budget and also they use money from research projects and funds from different research funders, (local authorities and EU). So the initiative was able to broaden its funding basis, which makes it much more sustainable.
The project could be adopted by other subjects operating in Piedmont area. Some teachers and researchers coming from other Italian Universities were interested in the project and were considering possibilities to reproduce it in other context.
Gender balance is surely an overall objective for the university of Turin, but it has become more important thanks to the project UNIGENERE. It brings different university’s subjects in the same centre promoting and supporting the multidisciplinary of gender. Of course that allows to have a systematic overview of gender in the higher educational patterns offered by the university.
This initiative had a strong innovative component in the e-learning and interdisciplinary approaches of the university of Turin.
Innovation comes from the presence of a gender perspective in university curricula that before was not considered.
The initiative UNIGENERE meets 5 criteria out 5. It has been very well organized not only during the one year it was meant to last, but also afterwards. It helped the university of Turin to create a “gender oriented” educational offer, to mainstream gender among people.
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