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Course Name(Multicultural Seminar) Comparing Education in the World
InstructorShimauchi, Sae
MajorMulticultural Seminar
Course goalsThis class will be a discussion seminar, simulating a university-level class in the United States. The class will be conducted in English. Students are expected to speak out and participate in class, just as normally done in the United States university classes. We will focus on education systems in the world. By comparing different systems and practices, you will assess various systems from a rather objective, fair viewpoint. By the end of the course you will: have improved your listening comprehension skills, be able to give and support your opinion, and present your own findings in an organized manner.
Course outlineAfter looking at our own educational system, students will learn about three different systems from a Western country, Asia and Africa. Three guest speakers from three different continents will be invited to give an overview of their education systems and practices (the schedule is subject to change). Through the discussions with the speakers, students are expected to learn similarities, differences, and possible difficulties involved in educational systems. Students will be divided into groups of 3 or 4. During the class meeting a week before Guest Speakers session, students will study about the educational and social systems in the guest speaker’s country. During the week following Guest Speakers session, they will have a group discussion session so as to make a presentation on their findings about differences and what Japanese society can learn from them. At the end of the semester, students will make a group presentation to propose a “New Japanese Education System.” Let’s enjoy.
Evaluation Scale and PoliciesGrades will be based on the following: Attendance/Participation - 40%, Discussion Journals - 10%, Group Presentations - 20%, Final In-Class Essay Exam - 30%
PrerequisitesThis class will be conducted in English. Students will be encouraged to speak out, ask questions to discuss related problems during the class to develop their communication skills.Participants are required to have a minimum of 520 on the TOEFL test or have passed a Practical English course. But students’ background (for example, their experience of living abroad) will also be considered. The number of participants will be limited to 15.
Texts, materials, and suppliesNo textbook will be assigned. “Preparation reading” materials will be given in class.
Course Schedule/PlanNote:
“GS” refers to “Guest Speaker.”
" * " refers to the date when you have to hand in your “Discussion Journal.”
4/10 Introduction/ orientation
4/17 Group Discussion on Japanese education system/ systems *
4/24 Video: Education systems in other countries*
5/ 8 Study of GS (1)’s education system
5/15 GS session (1) and discussion *
5/22 Discussion and comparison on Japan and GS(1)’s country*
5/29 Study of GS (2)’s education system
6/5 GS session (2) and discussion *
6/12 Discussion and comparison on Japan and GS(2)’s country*
6/19 Study of GS (3)’s education system
6/26 GS session (3) and discussion*
7/3 Discussion and comparison on Japan and GS(3)’s country*
7/10 Group presentation session (1)
7/17 Group presentation session (2) and Wrap-up
7/24 Final Essay Exam