What kind of "liberal arts" should Ph.D.students of Tokyo Tech learn? Scientific research at the top level of the world requires several key competence: (1) extensive knowledge beyond his/her own discipline, (2) transferring skills and creativity to utilize other fields’ research, (3) interdisciplinary ability and spirit to build his/her own network with diverse fields of specialists.
Students of this course will manage the advanced liberal arts course for themselves to acquire liberal arts skills. More concretely, manage a corresponding course (lectures, small-group work, poster presentation), and conduct PR activities of the course results. The purpose of this course is to create a forum which facilitates knowledge exchange among Ph.D.students through designing a liberal art course for themselves. In the process, students will learn the most recent trends of interdisciplinary research.
Foreign students can register this class (ability to speaking Japanese is not required).
Communication with students in different academic friends and with foreign students in English.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) have their own idea and vision of "liberal arts".
2) establish communication among students different academic friends and foreign students.
3) manage lectures of specialists who conduct advanced and interdisciplinary studies.
4) manage the poster presentation conference and summarize the results of their group-work.
5) acquire leadership as a researcher.
Liberal arts, Interdisciplinary collaboration
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
40 students can be registered. In case applying over 50 students, registration will be restricted(See, "Prerequisities" annd "Others" of this sylabus).
Two successive sessions will take place on every other Saturday basically. Students will decide the topics of Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses next quater. In addition, students will select a guest speaker of mini-symposium, overall approach of the course, and the process of workshop.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||First Saturday class of two sessions before noon. Introduction and Discussion about the Theme of next quater.||Taking participants self-introduction and establish communicasion. Understand the aim and tasks of the course.|
|Class 2||Second Saturday class of two sessions before noon. Activity of planning and managing committee.||Discussion about group work and mini-symposium in Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses.|
|Class 3||Third Saturday class of two sessions before noon. Activity of information and editorial committee.||Selection guest speaker of mini-symposium and PR activity of Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses of next quater. Make materials needed.|
|Class 4||Fourth saturday class of two sessions before noon. Managing and supporting mini-symposium of liberal arts courses.||Mini-symposium support.|
Students will be assessed by participation and contribution to the course.
Students should register before 1st October. In case over 40 students apply, send results of restricting registration by OCWi system.
Please check infomation by temporary WEB site of Institution for Liberal Arts. [http://bunkei.sougou.valdes.titech.ac.jp/]
Students are expected to commit themselves to the course.
This course is seminor style. Students are also required activities outside of the individual sessions.
PhD. course students have to take any two class of Indipendent Studies Courses (from 1 to 8) or Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses (from 1 to 6) for two credits. (Indipendent Studies Courses 5,6,7,8 and Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses 4,5,6 will be held from 2017 spring.)
Scheduled on October 1, 15, 29, November 12 (Shedule may be changed.)
(Modify and Added on May 18, 2016, Aug 3)
NOTICE: We strongly recommend to register an Independent Studies Courses and a Path Breaking Liberal Arts Courses at first academic year.The restricting registration will be taken based on the number of students by total number without distinction of academic year.
REASON: Independent Studies Courses 5,6,7,8 and Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses 4,5,6 will be listed enabling for the students who had registered an Independent Studies Courses or Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses at the same Q, to register another Courses in the Next Year. (It may be a rare case.) Independent Studies Courses at the same Q (1&5, 2&6, 3&7, 4&8) are the same program, not independently open.(It is applicable to Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses.)