2017 Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses2

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Ishihara Yuki  Shirabe Masashi  Uenishi Tetsuo  Kitagawa Yoriko  Tamura Masatoshi  Nakajima Takeshi  Yumiyama Tatsuya  Nagamine Mitsue  Yamagishi Kimihiko  Hirakawa Yahiro  Yamamoto Hilofumi  Maruyama Takeo  Nishida Ryosuke  Kawamura Aya  Kotani Yasunori  Suzuki Yuta 
Class Format
Media-enhanced courses
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Sat1-4(W931,W932, W933,W934, W935,W936)  
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Course description and aims

What kind of "liberal arts" should Ph.D.students of TIT (Tokyo Institute of Technology) learn? Scientific research at the top level of the world requires several key competences: (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.
In order to acquire "liberal arts", students will have lectures by specialists of diverse fields, work in a small-group, and give a presentation. The aim of this course is to create the forum which facilitates knowledge exchange among Ph.D.students. Students will learn the trends of advanced and interdisciplinary research and how to collaborate with diverse fields of scholars.
All Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses are managed in the same way independent of the Language indication(Japanese / English).
Foreign students can be register this class (ability to speak and with foreign students in English.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) have their own idea and vision of "liberal arts".
2) understand lectures of specialists who conduct advanced and interdisciplinary studies.
3) take group work and communication with students diffrent fields and foreign students also in English.
4) present the results of their group-work in the postal presentation style.
5) acquire leadership, ability to conduct interdisciplinary research, and communication skills.


Liberal arts, Interdisciplinary collaboration

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

With Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses 5, 280 students can be registered. In case applying over 280 students, registration will be restricted(See, "Prerequsities" and "Others" of this sylabus).
Two successive sessions will take place on every other Saturday basically.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 First Saturday class of two sessions before noon. Introduction and Discussion about the theme of the quater. Taking participants self-introduction and establish communication. Understand the task of the course. Understand the topics and know the other students.
Class 2 Second Saturday class oftwo sessions before noon. Proposing theme by pair of students and make groups by two or three pairs of students agreeing the theme. Proposing theme by pair of students and make group.
Class 3 Third Saturday class of two sessions before noon. Group work Discussion by each group on the theme or preparing mini symposium poster session.
Class 4 The Fourth Saturday class of two sessions before noon Mini-symposium Poster session by group, participation at lecture and presentation of selected group.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed by participation and reports.

Related courses

  • LAH.C601 : Independent Studies Courses1
  • LAH.C602 : Independent Studies Courses2
  • LAH.C603 : Independent Studies Courses3
  • LAH.C604 : Independent Studies Courses4
  • LAH.C611 : Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses1
  • LAH.C613 : Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses3
  • LAH.C614 : Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses4
  • LAH.C615 : Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses5
  • LAH.C616 : Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses6

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

Students should register before 2017 Sepember 30. In case over 280 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 need to participate at First Saturday class and are expected to commit themselves to the course.


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. Scheduled on September 30, October 14, October 21, and November 18.
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.)

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