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Course Name(Multicultural Seminar) Japan from Foreigner's View b
InstructorShimauchi, Sae
MajorMulticultural Seminar
Course goalsBy 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 regards to foreigners' views of Japan in a coherent and organized manner.
Course outlineThis class will be a discussion and lecture seminar focusing on Japan from the foreigner's perspective. Three guest lecturers from different countries will be invited to give their views on Japan.
This class will be conducted in English. Students will be encouraged to speak out, ask questions and discuss related problems during the class to develop their communication skills.
“Preparation reading” materials will be given in class; students read a one-page article for each week and after reading the article answer two or three questions concerning the article’s contents.
Evaluation Scale and PoliciesGrades will be based on the following:
Attendance - 20%
Participation - 20%
Discussion Journals - 10%
Group Presentations - 20%
Final in-class essay exam - 30%
・Discussion Journals
“Discussion Journal” will be assigned for each week. It consists of two parts: (1) students response to a few questions provided at the end of the prep-reading; (2) students response to the actual lecture and discussion that went on during that week’s class.
・Group Presentations
Each group will present their findings in a clear and organized presentation of about 15 minutes. They will pick a topic, either from those that we have listed or one that they clear with the teacher.
・Final in-class essay exam
 Students are to do an in-class exam at the end of the semester; an essay on what you think of the views and images seen from outside of Japan.
PrerequisitesParticipants are required to have passed Practical English and have a minimum of 500 on the TOEFL test. However, students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL score may be allowed to enroll based on other criteria (educational background, lived/studied abroad, etc.). This class is open to all students who match the above criteria (1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year students welcome).The number of participants will be limited to 30. Students will be divided into two groups (classes) according to background information collected during the first class meeting.
Texts, materials, and suppliesNo textbook will be assigned.
Course Schedule/PlanClass Meetings: Class each day will consist of 90-minutes of lecture and discussions.
Week 1: Course Introduction
Week 2: Food Culture: What is so unique about it?
Week 3: Educational System: Is it the best in the world?
Week 4: Social Life: How is the changing family structure in Japan affecting the young and old? ( e.g., marriage and death)
Week 5: Guest Lecturer (1)
Week 6: Popular Culture: Anime/ Manga — Is the popularity universal?
Week 7: Economy, Business: How does Japanese business practice differ from the world?
Week 8: Guest Lecturer (2)
Week 9: Environment: Is Japan green enough?
Week 10: Gender difference: What stands out about Japanese gender relations? (e.g., dating and married life, their roles expected in society)
Week 11: Guest Lecturer (3)
Week 12: TBD (considering the studnets' interests)
Week 13: Group Presentations
Week 14: Group Presentations
Week 15: Course Wrap-up and Final Essay Exam