2020 Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses 2A

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Academic unit or major
Humanities and social science courses
Instructor(s)
Yamagishi Kimihiko  Antoku Makiko  Takuwa Yoshimi  Yamazaki Taro  Hatanaka Kenji  Okada Saori  Watanabe Akira  Akama Hiroyuki  Hayashi Naoyuki  Murota Masao  Tanioka Takehiko  Maruyama Takeo 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Mode of instruction
ZOOM
Day/Period(Room No.)
Sat1-4()  
Group
-
Course number
LAH.C612
Credits
1
Academic year
2020
Offered quarter
2Q
Syllabus updated
2020/9/18
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
English
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Course description and aims

Research in science and technology at the top level of the world requires several key abilities: (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 will receive lectures by specialists of diverse fields, work in small-groups, and give presentations to acquire
these abilities.
The purpose of this course is to create a forum which facilitates knowledge exchange among doctoral students.
Students will learn the trends of advanced and interdisciplinary research and how to collaborate with diverse fields
of scholars.
This course is offered in English. Students need to communicate in English with other students from a variety of
specialties and with different background.
This course will develop students’ ability to:
(1) Address social issues with their expertise;
(2) Collaborate with members from diverse background;
(3) Understand research ethics and codes of conducts for researchers;
(4) Create intellectual exchange opportunities;
Then, this course hopes to create and expand human network, centered on doctoral students, in Tokyo Tech.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) address social issues with their expertise;
2) collaborate with members from diverse background;
3) understand research ethics and codes of conducts for researchers;
4) create intellectual exchange opportunities;
5) contribute to create and expand human network, centered on doctoral students, in Tokyo Tech.
6) understand lectures given by specialists who conduct advanced and interdisciplinary studies.
7) present the results of their group work in the postal presentation style.
Then, students will develop leadership, abilities to conduct interdisciplinary research, and communication skills.

Keywords

advanced and interdisciplinary research, Group Work, Leadership, Collaboration, Researchers ethics, Social issues

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Up to 400 students in total can register for “Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses” offered in the same quarter. In
case over 400 students apply for the courses, registration will be restricted (See "Prerequisites" and "Note" below).
Two successive sessions will take place on every other Saturday basically(Scheduled on 2020 June 27, July11, 25, August 8). The first session starts at 9:00am.

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.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.

Textbook(s)

None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

“Code of Conduct for Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology” (Tokyo Institute of Technology
Committee on Measures to Prevent Research Misconduct, Established November 21, 2008 / Revised August 23,
2013), https://www.titech.ac.jp/about/policies/efforts/activities/pdf/koudou_pamphlet_201605.pdf [Retrieved
January 4, 2020]

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 at 23:59, 20 June 2020.
In case over 400 students apply, send results of restricting registration by OCWi system.
Please check information on the temporary WEB site of Institution for Liberal Arts. [http://bunkei.ila.titech.ac.jp/600PG_guide.html]
Students are expected to commit themselves to the course, and to do the group work inside as well as outside the classroom.
Path-breaking Liberal Arts Courses are offered on Saturday mornings. (Scheduled on 2020 June 27, July11, 25, Aug 8).They consist of four classes, each of which includes two 90-minute sessions. After creating groups in the first and the second classes, students will engage in group work in the second and the third classes. Students will give poster presentations and participate in a mini symposium in the fourth class. Since presentation and group work are focused in this course, please take a course all four classes of which you will be able to attend.

【important notice】
Path-breaking Liberal Arts Courses are offered on Saturday mornings. They consist of four classes, each of which includes two 90-minute sessions. After creating groups in the first and the second classes, students will engage in group work in the second and the third classes. Students will give poster presentations and participate in a mini symposium in the fourth class.

Since presentation and group work are focused in this course, please examine class schedules for each quarter on course syllabi, and take a course all four classes of which you will be able to attend.

Please attend all four classes. You may miss (a part of) one class out of the four classes due to unforeseen circumstances that have taken place after the relevant quarter began. If you miss two or more classes, you will not get credit for the course.

If you have to miss one of the first three classes, contact your instructor in advance (if not, do so as soon as possible after the class), and explain the reason of your absence. Then contact your group members and contribute to the group work outside the classroom. Study the material covered by the lecture for yourself, and submit a report to the instructor, following his/her instructions; for the contents and the form of the report, see below. The report must be written in English, and must be submitted within two weeks from the class you have missed. If you fail to do so, you will not get credit for the course.
If you have to miss the fourth class, contact your instructor in advance (if not, do so as soon as possible after the class), and explain the reason for your absence. Then submit a report to him/her, following his/her instructions; for the contents and the form of the report, see below. The report must be written in English, and must be submitted within two weeks from the fourth class. If you fail to do so, you will not get credit for the course.

The content of the report assigned to those who have missed the first, second or the third class:

The first class
Submit both ① and ② below. The submitted report will be handed to the other members of your group.
① Introduction of yourself in about 150 words on an A4 sheet.
② Find an article on a social issue that discusses the theme of this quarter’s course. It should be about 2-pages long on A4 sheets. Then summarize the article in about 150 words on an A4 sheet. Be sure to indicate the source of the article. Attach a copy of the article, when you submit your report.

The second class
Read the “Code of Conduct for Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.” Choose two clauses from the seventeen clauses of the Code that are most relevant to the research on the theme of this quarter’s course, and explain their relevance. The report must be one page long on an A4 sheet. The submitted report will be handed to the other members of your group.

The third class
Submit one of the following below. The report should be one-page long on an A4-sheet.
The submitted report will be handed to the other members of your group.
・A list of equipment and the number of staff members that are necessary for the mini-symposium. The list should include those needed not only in the hall and the classrooms, but also in the hallways, at the reception desk and outside the building.
・Proposal for a method of choosing award-winning posters, including a voting method and a vote-counting method.
・A list of matters that should be considered if you are to admit people who are not affiliated with Tokyo Tech to participate in the mini-symposium.
・A name of a lecturer fitted for the symposium which would be held on the same topic as the one of this quarter, and the reasons for selection
・Proposal for an effective method of advertisement of the mini-symposium before and after holding it

The fourth class
Write a two-page report (A4) on a list of your committee's roles, a brief description of each role, and your contributions. Documents must be created individually by each non-participating student and submitted to the instructor. The report will be given to the other members of your group.
Write reviews on the three posters created by other groups, which will be chosen by your instructor. Each review must be one page long on an A4 sheet, and must include a summary of the poster, three questions about the poster, and suggestions for improvement for the poster. The three reviews must be three pages long on A4 sheets in total. The submitted reviews will be handed to the group who created the poster.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

the office of the Institution for Liberal Arts.
600gp2Q[at]ila.titech.ac.jp
When you need to contact by e-mail, the title of e-mail should start from the heading "#600P".

Office hours

after every class.

Other

PhD. course students have to take any two class of Independent Studies Courses (from 1A/1B to 4A/4B) or Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses (from 1A/1B to 4A/4B) for two credits. Scheduled on .
NOTICE: We strongly recommend to register an Independent Studies Courses and a Path Breaking Liberal Arts Courses at first 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 (1A/B~4A/B) are the same program, not independently open.(It is applicable to Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses.)
The restricting registration will be taken based on the number of students by total number without distinction of academic year.

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