Equality and Diversity

CCRD05 Elective 4 ECTS
Period 2 weeks 19.04.2021 - 30.04.2021
Instructor Jenny Rock


This course examines social diversity in rural and remote communities with an emphasis on changing gender relations and intensified international mobility.


On completion of the course, a student:

  • can explain perspectives and challenges regarding social diversity in rural and remote communities.
  • has the understanding of intensified international mobility in a context of globalisation and remote and rural areas.
  • has the ability to relate social diversity in rural and remote regions to changing gender relations.
  • can participate in and lead group discussions about social diversity and gender in rural and remote communities.
  • has the ability to develop a small scale research project regarding solutions or improvements regarding equality and diversity in rural and remote communities.


Jenny Rock lectured in Science Communication at the University of Otago for ~ 10 years. She has an interdisciplinary background in science and the arts & humanities, and is an academic researcher in both spaces She holds a BA in Human Ecology and a PhD in Zoology, with  > 20 years biological research encompassing environmental physiology, molecular ecology and evolutionary genomics - frequently in a polar marine context. Integrating her background in science and humanities and the arts, much of her research now focuses on transdisciplinary participatory interaction within science and society. She is also a Research Associate of the College of the Atlantic (Maine, USA) and taught their interdisciplinary 2019 field course “Seeing Tropical Ecology through Arts Practice”.