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Course NameEuropean Culture in English
InstructorKato, Chihiro
MajorMajor Subjects
Course goalsAt the end of this course, students will be able to
1) expand their knowledge of cultures and societies in Europe.
2) understand the formation process of EU
3) discuss the current issues EU member countries face.
4) make a formal presentation in English.
Course outlineThis class is suitable for students who haven't studied EU and European cultures but want to acquire some knowledge about them, and who have no confidence in taking a lecture in English but want to join a course taught in English.

The aim of this course is to study the formation process of European Union and examine the cultures of EU member countries through using English. The course gives students the opportunity to read, learn about, and discuss European cultures and societies written in English. During the course students will be expected to use English in the classroom and there will be a presentation in English as the final exam.

For each lesson students will be expected to read the textbook and prepare the summary notes prior to class, examine an appointed topic for homework to make a mini-presentation, listen attentively to a small lecture given by the instructor, actively participate in class activities, such as pair-work and group discussions, and make comments in class on the topics.

Class preparation will therefore include reading the textbook (one unit per lesson), writing the summary of the passage, and doing research related to the unit topic for mini-presentation.

This class will be conducted in English and students will be required to speak English in the classroom. However, mistakes in speaking English do not affect your grades and you are encouraged to speak a lot not being afraid of making mistakes.
Evaluation Scale and PoliciesAttendance 20%, Class participation 20%, Assignments 20%, Final exam (presentation) 40%
Texts, materials, and suppliesYuko Hosokawa, The EU: Fundamentals Plus (Eihosha, 2007)
Course Schedule/PlanWeek 1 Introductions
Week 2 The EU Expansion
Week 3 "Non" to the Expansion
Week 4 Post-Yugoslavia, Turkey, and Russian Influence
Week 5 The Euro
Week 6 The Middle-term Budget
Week 7 Shifts in Employment and Business
Week 8 Chain of Immigration
Week 9 Multiculturalism and Assimilationism
Week 10 Religion-Catholicism
Week 11 Confrontations with the Islamic World
Week 12 New NATO in a New World Order
Week 13 The Energy Problems
Week 14 Presentation (1)
Week 15 Presentation (2)