2021 Trans-disciplinary Exercise in Social and Human Sciences F

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Graduate major in Social and Human Sciences
Matsuda Toshiki  Yamazaki Taro  Kuriyama Naoko  Nakano Tamio 
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Course description and aims

We have determined five fields ("politics, law, administration", "education, welfare, health", "culture, art", "science technology and society", "cognition, math, information") and hope students to learn interdisciplinary basic knowledge and analysis methods, and methods for integrating interdisciplinary analysis results to solve problems concerned with science and technology in our society.
For this end, this course provides students with an occasion to brings together the learning ourcomes of extensively studying humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering, and to discuss integrated use of them to solve problems that each student is interested in better than conventional solutions as the preparation to conduct the master's thesis studies.
Moreover, students who belong to different filelds will form a group and discuss solutions of problems to promote mutual understanding and collaborative learning while bringing each other's experience and knowledge into workshops, exercises, and presentation sessions.

Student learning outcomes

Students will acquire the following skills from taking this course.
1) Be able to generate and explain concrete methods and their merits to use interdisciplinary research findings and methods in one's own master's thesis study.
2) Be aware of merits of learning interdisciplinary research findings and methods to heighten own competencies and abilities and be able to master self-learning methods and meta-cognitive skills for that purpose.
3) Be able to study and integrate interdisciplinary research findings and methods, share its merits with others, and execute it collaboratively in daily life.


Trans-disciplinary, analysis methods, integration methods, insights, reflection, translation, bridging the gap

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

We will hold a 2-hours guidance and four 3-hours workshops. The first and second classes will be held at the beggining of the term. The third and fourth classes will be held near the end of each quarter. The fifth class will be held at the end of the term. The portfolio used in this course is specially prepared for this course.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance sks on the portfolio sheets and the study plan
Class 2 Discussion Tasks on the portfolio sheets
Class 3 Reflection Workshop (1Q) Tasks on the portfolio sheets
Class 4 Reflection Workshop (2Q) Tasks on the portfolio sheets and preparation of the final session
Class 5 Presentation Session Tasks on the portfolio sheets and the final report

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Not required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessment will be based on exercises in the lessons (60%) and the final report (40%). Criteria will be clarified in the assessment portfolio. Students who did not attend the workshop more than once or be absent from the final presentation session cannot take the credit.

Related courses

  • Graduate Lecture in Each Fields
  • Graduate Methodologies in Each Fields
  • SHS.L419 : Special Lecture on Advanced Topics in Social and Human Sciences FA
  • SHS.L420 : Special Lecture on Advanced Topics in Social and Human Sciences FB
  • LAT.A414 : Internship Program at school Ⅰ
  • TAL.S406 : Introduction to Work Rules I produced by JTUC-RENGO
  • LAT.A409 : Educational Research on Teaching
  • LAH.S405 : Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences5:Literature

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

Students required to take six credits or more from the above related couses in the same term


Students who entered the master course before FY 2020 cannot take this course

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