2016 Tokyo Tech Visionary Project

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Academic unit or major
Humanities and social science courses
Instructor(s)
Nakajima Hideto 
Course component(s)
Lecture / Exercise
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon5-6(S321)  Thr3-4(講堂)  
Group
23
Course number
LAH.C101
Credits
2
Academic year
2016
Offered quarter
1Q
Syllabus updated
2016/4/27
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

Tokyo Tech Visionary Project is a course required of all students beginning soon after admission. It encourages self-discovery and aims to motivate students to set individual goals so that they can envision their own path throughout the four years of liberal arts studies at the undergraduate level. The course alternates between lectures and group work involving approximately 30 students. It allows students to identify, scrutinize, and convey problems, enhancing the interactive set of skills needed for efficient communication and presentation.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will:
1) be able to identify problems from a social perspective
2) have found pleasure in exchanging views and ideas with others
3) have acquired fundamental skills needed for effective communication and presentation
4) have learned how to read a book by writing a book review

Keywords

Risshi, liberal arts, group work, communication skills, presentation, book review

Competencies that will be developed

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

The course alternates between lectures and group work involving approximately 30 students. After each lecture, students are required to write a reflection paper in order to have fruitful discussions in small groups. At the end of the course, each student gives a presentation based on the findings of the small group.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Lecture (1) - Orientation - What are liberal arts? (Lecturer: Ikegami Akira) Know the course outline and understand the objectives. For homework, prepare a reflection paper related to the lecture.
Class 2 Exercise (1) - Introduction to group work - Self-introduction Open the door of your heart before coming to class. The reflection paper must be completed and brought to class.
Class 3 Lecture (2) - How to work with others, how to involve others (Guest lecturer: Mima Noyuri) For homework, prepare a reflection paper related to the lecture.
Class 4 Exercise (2) - Group work The reflection paper must be completed and brought to class.
Class 5 Lecture (3) - Critical thinking, sociological thinking (Guest lecturer: Kainuma Hiroshi) For homework, prepare a reflection paper related to the lecture.
Class 6 Exercise (3) - Group work The reflection paper must be completed and brought to class.
Class 7 Lecture (4) - philosophical thinking (Guest lecturer: Nagai Hitoshi) For homework, prepare a reflection paper related to the lecture.
Class 8 Exercise (4) - Group work The reflection paper must be completed and brought to class.
Class 9 Exercise (5) - Book review writing workshop Write a draft of your book review before coming to class.
Class 10 Lecture (5) - Drama, art (Guest lecturer: Hirata Oriza) For homework, prepare a reflection paper related to the lecture.
Class 11 Exercise (6) - Group work The reflection paper must be completed and brought to class.
Class 12 Lecture (6) - Religion, intercultural skills (Guest lecturer: Sanbe Guido) For homework, prepare a reflection paper related to the lecture.
Class 13 Exercise (7) - Group work The reflection paper must be completed and brought to class.
Class 14 Lecture (7) - Symposium on university learning Prepare a presentation in each small group.
Class 15 Exercise (8) - Presentation Prepare a presentation handout before coming to class.

Textbook(s)

Tokyo Tech Visionary Project Guidebook (Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessement is based on reflection papers, contribution to group work, presentation and book review.

Related courses

  • LAH.C301 : Liberal Arts Final Report

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

None required

Other

Each lecture is held on thursday at the 70th Anniversary Auditorium.

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