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Course Name(Multicultural Seminar) Research about Japan by Foreigners
InstructorPaul Narum
MajorMulticultural Seminar
Course goalsBy a relative comparison of Japan and other countries, student will acquire a global perspective and analyze problems in an objective way. At the same time, students will improve their English discussion and presentation skills.
Course outlineThis class is aimed at students deemed proficient in using English at a college-level class. Not only does that mean written knowledge, but also a special emphasis on speaking and listening. All students will be urged to express their own opinions actively and freely, and will be graded accordingly.The theme of this course is research on Japan by foreigners in general, and especially graduate students now in Japan. We will take advantage of our university's special relationship with the Inter-University Center (IUC) in MM21, a language-training institution primarily for American and Canadian graduate students in Japan-related fields. Those students will be invited to come to the university to lecture one at a time about their fields of specialty, with a discussion session to be held afterwards. Reports and presentations will be assigned outside of class. One day will be reserved for a trip to IUC to see the actual facilities there.\n\nThrough this course it is hoped that the YCU students will gain a broader understanding of their own country, both in an academic and a general sense, via the unique perspective offered by the guest speakers. Another purpose is to simulate a college-level class in the United States, both in terms of course offerings and class participation.
Evaluation Scale and PoliciesAttendance, participation, presentation, English reports after the classes(2-3times), end-of-the-semester report
PrerequisitesTOEFL 550 or higher is required
Texts, materials, and supplies
Homepage(Inter-University Center)
Course Schedule/PlanWeek1:Screening
Week2:Outline of Japan studies
Week3: Graduate school system in US
Week4 to 7:Guest Speakers
Week8: Visiting Minato Mirai 21 to attend the workshop given by IUC
Week9:Wrap up for the first half of the term, discussion, presentation
Week 10:Outline for the second half of the course, Week11: Debate, discussion, Week 12 to 14: Guest speakers, Week 15: Wrap up for the second half of the course, presentation of the final report.