2019 Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences1:Toward Our True Nature

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Humanities and social science courses
Nakano Tamio 
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Course description and aims

As a Liberal Arts class, this class aim to cultivate the humanity, social consciousness, and big vision to contribute today's world. In this participation-based course, students learn the basis of the holistic human resources such as SDGs(Sustainable Development Goals), dialogue and collaboration, presentation and facilitation, mindfulness, and how to explain the major theme to people clearly.
The purpose of this course is for students to have both broad humane and social values, and to cultivate the ambition to contribute to the coming era.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1)understand the basic personal power for modern society, guideline of SDGs, basic skill of dialogue and collaboration.
2)learn the basic sill of creative dialogue and collaboration, and presentation and facilitation through experience.
3)practice the basic skill of mindfulness to be aware of here and now.


human strength, basic social skies, SDGs, dialogue, collaboration, presentation, facilitation, mindfulness

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This is a participatory course, not one-sided knowledge transmission.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Overview of the class. Participating the workshop style lecture. Reflections on experiences.
Class 2 World Cafe workshop with ENTAKUN(Round Table which facilitate active dialogue). Reflections on experiences. Read the text for next class and write a mini report.
Class 3 Charm and difficulty of creative dialogue and collaboration. Reflections on experiences.
Class 4 Interviewing and introducing each other to understand others deeply. Reflections on experiences.
Class 5 Basic skills of facilitation for participation and collaboration. Reflections on experiences. Preparation 20 minutes' presentation and facilitation.
Class 6 Practice1: Presentation on each major. Facilitation of group dialogue. Reflections on experiences.
Class 7 Practice2: Presentation on each major. Facilitation of group dialogue. Reflections on the whole learnings. Write a final report.
Class 8 Reflection of whole process by world cafe style Reflections on the whole process and apply it in daily lives.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Nakano, Tamio. Joyful Practice. Tokyo:Shunju-sha; ISBN978-4-393-33338-9
Nakano, Tamio. How to make a collaborative learning community.

Assessment criteria and methods

Active participation( Including home works, group work, and feedback sheets):80%, Final report:20%

Related courses

  • None

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

Interest in broad humanity and society .Curiosity. Full commitment to all classes. Not to be late.

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