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Course NameMulticultural Seminar(Global Communication)
InstructorShimauchi, Sae
MajorMulticultural Seminar
Course goals1. Student will be able to express your own idea in English as an international lingua franca and acquire good discussion skills and presentation skills.
2. Students will be able to obtain the knowledge of current issues in Japanese society and analyze, and explain it multi-dimensionally.
Course outlineThis seminar focuses on enriching students’ communicative skills through Japan Studies with a global perspective. It is designed to give students practice in thinking critically and participating in academic discussion in English. In the latter half of the semester, students will be given tasks to have individual presentations on a topic they choose in the field of Japan Studies that is attracting worldwide attention today including Japanese social issues, business, education and contemporary and traditional Japanese culture. The ultimate goal of this seminar is to enable students to become aware of Japan’s place in the world and share their knowledge about Japan with others to promote international exchange and to create intercultural academic sphere. Oversea guest speakers will be invited 2 or 3 times. Each class will consist of lecture by the instructor and group discussion by students. Power point presentation and visual materials like films and documentaries will be used to facilitate understanding of topics. Students will have plenty of time for discussions on each topic introduced in the first half of the lecture and will deepen their knowledge and thoughts on the issues. For the first 7 weeks, reading materials will be handed to students each week and students will read academic or journalistic papers and critically review them as a preparation for the discussion. Each student will be required to take an active part in weekly group discussions based on the homework assigned. In addition, students will be given many opportunities to express their views in class. So, try hard not to miss any class meetings.
Evaluation Scale and PoliciesAttendance 20% Participation 40% Presentation 40%
PrerequisitesStudents are required to have passed a Practical English course. Oversea experience or academic background will be also taken into consideration. This class will be entirely conducted in English. Students will be highly encouraged to participate in discussion and exchange their opinions to develop their communication skill. Grades will be decided heavily by students’ contributions to discussions and the presentation given by each student. The preferred number of participants is under 20. A short essay will be assigned for screening in case the number of students is over 20. Students will be chosen by their motivation and enthusiasm toward learning as well as basic skills of conducting academic English.
Texts, materials, and suppliesAssigned reading materials relating to topics are to be read prior to class.
RemarkStudents who fail to attend and who are late more than three classes in a row will fail to obtain the credit of this class without reliable evidence of extraneous circumstances
Course Schedule/PlanWeek1: Class Introduction (9/25)
Week 2: Globalization and Language (10/2)
Linguistic Imperialism, World Englishes and Pluriilingualism
Week 3: Historical Recognition (10/9)
War Responsibility of the Citizens, the Military and the Emperor
Week 4: Pop Culture and Cultural Essentialism (10/16)
Comparative Analysis on Idols and Dramas in East Asia
Week 5: GS session #1 (10/23)
Week 6: Mobility in the Globalized World (11/6)
Studying Abroad and Intercultural Exchange
Week 7: The Great Earthquake in 3.11 and its impact (11/13)
The role of Civil Society and the Government
Week 8: Individual Presentation (11/27)
Week 9: Individual Presentation (12/4)
Week 10: Individual Presentation (12/11)
Week 11: GS session #2 (12/18)
Week 12: Individual Presentation (1/8)
Week 13: Individual Presentation (1/15)
Week 14: Individual Presentation (1/22)
Week 15: Course Wrap-up (1/29)