Guest speakers will be invited to talk about controversial news topics in order to encourage students to discuss, analyze and make conclusions about the topic. In addition, students will learn how scientists can effectively convey their research and findings to the media.
The aim of the course is threefold: 1) allow students to experience the work of a journalists, and prompt you to rethink some of your ideas; 2) learn how to offer opposing sides to a story and find the “truth” behind the issue; 3) learn how to communicate more effectively.
Week 1 (Oct. 4): Introductions, course and assessment outline
Week 2 (Oct. 11): What is news: definitions and comments
Week 3 (Oct. 18): Visit: Science Media Center (http://smc-japan.org/)
Week 4 (Oct. 25): Guest speaker: Dennis Normile, journalist, Science magazine
Week 5 (Nov. 1): Visit: Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan
Week 6 (Nov. 8): Guest speaker: Takeda Mondai Taisaku Renrakukai, Pres. Masuo Kobayashi
Week 7 (Nov. 15): Visit: Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Spokesperson
Week 8 (Nov. 22): Review
Week 9 (Nov. 29): Guest speaker: North Korea: Zainichi (在日) in Japan, Embassy Spokesperson
Week 10 (Dec. 6): Guest speaker: North Korea: The International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea, Human Rights Watch
Week 11 (Dec. 13): NO CLASS
Week 12 (Dec. 20): Guest speaker: nuclear issue
Week 13 (Jan. 10): Guest speaker: nuclear issue
Week 14 (Jan. 24): Final paper + presentation
Week 15 (Jan. 31): Final essay + presentation
Assessment will be made on the basis of class attendance, participation, and the final essay + presentation.
Minimal homework required. For guest speakers prepare 1 to 2 questions in Japanese or English. At the end of the term, prepare a 200 to 300-word essay and visual presentation in Japanese or English on a news topic we will decide in class.