2020 Graduate Seminar in Liberal Arts

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Tokyo Tech Academy for Leadership
Nakano Tamio  Kiyama Lorinda  Koizumi Yuto  Nishida Ryosuke  Maruyama Takeo  Mitsubori Koichiro  Matsuzaki Yuri  Kamura Kenshu 
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Course description and aims

This course is designed and delivered to cultivate the following abilities, attributes, and perspectives which are appropriate and required for ToTAL students. Through collaborative inquiries and dialogues between instructors and participating students, the nature of liberal arts education and its role for citizenship and leadership is critically examined, and each student will gain the intellectual foundation to continuously pursue his/her liberal studies and develop his/her own guiding philosophy for professional career and personal life.
This course is designed, developed, and offered jointly by ToTAL and the Institute for Liberal Arts.

Student learning outcomes

By the successful completion of this course, the students will have
1) the attitude to continuously develop interests in a wide range of academic and intellectual areas other than one’s own discipline,
2) the ability to broaden their intellectual foundations in liberal art,
3) the attitude to seek the broad and transdisciplinary perspectives on science and engineering, and
4) the ability to develop an attitude to examine one's own field of study with a multi-dimensional framework.


Liberal Arts, Broad Perspectives, Transdisciplinary attitude

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course is offered by a number of ToTAL faculty members who also belong to the Institute of Liberal Arts. This course is operated with the "Active Learning" mode which requires students to take an active role in their own learning. Therefore, it is required to submit a summary report at the end of each session. (In case you are not able to attend a class, you should inform the instructor of your reason for absence in advance.) Class attendance is required and taken into account for grades.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Course Guidance, Group work by students, instructors, and facilitators Assignments given by respective instructors
Class 2 Liberal Arts Lecture 1: Lorinda Kiyama on Psychology Group and Class Discussion Assignments to be announces in class
Class 3 Liberal Arts Lecture 2: Yuto Koizumi on William Shakespeare and the Modern Society Group and Class Discussion Assignments to be announces in class
Class 4 Liberal Arts Lecture 3: Ryosuke Nishida on Sociology Group and Class Discussion Assignments to be announces in class
Class 5 Liberal Arts Lecture 4: Koichiro Mitsubori on French Literature Group and Class Discussion Assignments to be announces in class
Class 6 Liberal Arts Lecture 5: Takeo Maruyama on biomechanics Group and Class Discussion Assignments to be announces in class
Class 7 Liberal Arts Lecture 6: Tamio Nakano on facilitation and mindfulness Group and Class Discussion for the reflection of the whole class. Reflection of the whole class Preparation for the final essay


No textbook. Necessary materials are distributed in class

Reference books, course materials, etc.

To be announced in class

Assessment criteria and methods

1) Active class participation (including group discussion, assignments, responses, and others) 70%
2) Final essay 30%

Related courses

  • TAL.L441 : Mindfulness and Well-being

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

There are no specific prerequisites.

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