2016 Interpretation of Japan

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Academic unit or major
Humanities and social science courses
Instructor(s)
Inohara Takehiro  Fudano Jun  Hirakawa Yahiro  Yamamoto Hilofumi 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Wed1-2(S221)  
Group
-
Course number
LAH.A511
Credits
1
Academic year
2016
Offered quarter
3Q
Syllabus updated
2016/12/14
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
English
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Course description and aims

The objectives of this course are:
1) Increase basic knowledge through discussions on Japanese culture, industry, and society
2) Learn the skills to transmit concepts and messages related to Japan
3) Discuss what strategies are best for Japan to maintain international relationships with other countries

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will acquire communication skills for transmitting Japanese culture, industry, and technology through discussions and decision making problems.

Keywords

communication skills, discussions, decision making, consensus, culture bias, win-win relationships

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

For topics, questions, and problems assigned by the instructor, students will solve them and develop solution strategies through discussions. Students are expected to discuss ideas based on their own original thoughts.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Yamamoto: Orientation, introducing Japanese Language and Culture Try to teach international studens who do not speak any Japanese some fundamental Japanese expressions.
Class 2 Fudano: Science and Technology 1 Take and bring a picture which symbolizes Japanese Technology.
Class 3 Hirakawa: Japanese Society 1 Make a research: what is the most frequent asked question by foreigners on Japanese society.
Class 4 Fudano: Science and Technology 2 Make a presentation using a picture which you have taken.
Class 5 Hirakawa: Japanese Society 2 Explain the characteristics of Japanese society in English.
Class 6 Inohara: Experience of consensus building What is the most difficult things in consensus building?
Class 7 Inohara: Experience of group decision making Write an essay on problems when people are in group dicision making.
Class 8 Yamamoto: Making a reference book. Revise and edit your original reports written during this course as an article of a reference book which introduces Japan for other students.

Textbook(s)

Not specified.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not specified.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students must present all classes except only if students have special reasons. Assessment will be based not only on report papers, participations of discussions in class room, but also on student's performance where if students try to use clear simple English sentences or not. We will not evaluate students in that students are good at English.

Related courses

  • LAH.A501 : Area Studies: Europe
  • LAH.A502 : Area Studies: East Asia
  • LAH.A503 : Area Studies: Latin America
  • LAH.A504 : Area Studies: Middle East and Africa
  • LAH.A505 : Area Studies: South and Southeast Asia
  • LAH.A506 : Area Studies: North America and Oceania

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

No prerequisite, All classes will be held in English.

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