2019 Seminar on Humanities(Facilitating dialogue, collaboration, and bliss)3

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Humanities and social science courses
Nakano Tamio 
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Course description and aims

The instructor wants to develop a learning community on the topic of "creating a collaborative learning community, and following each one's bliss", in pursuit of broad growth as a unique human being on this planet.
We read some classic books carefully together. And there are two things to learn through the experience. The first is holistic care skills. The instructor will cultivate students' mindfulness to regulate their body, breathing, and mind to concentrate on the here and now.The other is the technique for creating a participation space that facilitates workshops and constructive dialogue. Students draw on each of their thoughts and knowledge to learn the skills and spirit of facilitators, evolving on the interactive path to great learning and creations.

Student learning outcomes

Students will learn the human nature and society through ages by reading books.
Students will learn the basic techniques of mindfulness for regulating their own body, breathing, and mind, such that they can live not in the past or future, but in the here and now, subjectively.
Students will learn to facilitate the creation of a constructive space in which straight-forward, enjoyable conversations can be had, which are pleasant to both parties.


Body, Mind, Spirit. Mindfulness. Following one's bliss.
Collaborative learning community. Workshop. Facilitation.

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Workshop style and reading class style. We have read "Power of Myth" written by Joseph Campbell, and "Seach inside yourself" written by Chade-Meng Tan. This year I am thinking to read "HOMO DEUS."
The instructor does not give one-way lectures, but rather fosters an interactive learning community.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Two consecutive 90-minute sessions are held every other Wednesday. LAH.H252,LAH.H354, LAH.H356 will be held together. Each student will be in charge of the presentation of a text in turn. Then, the whole class will discuss. Detailed schedule will be determined at the orientation. Capacity is 12 students. Orientation: April 10 1320-1450, at W9-E808. Schedule:4/10、4/24、5/8、5/22、6/19、7/3、7/17、7/31、 Time:1320-1635 Preparation for the presentation. Preparation for facilitating learning workshop.


Nakano, Tamio. How to make a collaborative learning community.
Paula Underwood. The Walking People: A Native American Oral History

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Nakano, Tamio. Workshop
Nakano, Tamio. Joyful practice.
Chade-Meng Tan. Search Inside Yourself.
Other materials will be provided as needed.

Assessment criteria and methods

Active participation 80%, Final report 20%
(Late in not allowed because of group work.)

Related courses

  • LAH.H152 : Seminar on Humanities(Facilitating dialogue, collaboration, and bliss)1
  • LAH.H252 : Seminar on Humanities(Culture, Society and Humanity)5
  • LAH.H356 : Seminar on Humanities(Facilitating dialogue, collaboration, and bliss)5

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

Students should be interested in Liberal Arts and expanding humanity, social sense, creativity and ambition.
They should have an interest in their own body and mind, and the desire to perform simple practices for regulating the mind and body.
Students should be interested in creating participation spaces, and want to play the role of a facilitator.


Time is differed from the last year.

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