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
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
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.
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.
advanced and interdisciplinary research, Group Work, Leadership, Collaboration, Researchers ethics, Social issues
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Up to 210 students in total can register for “Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses” offered in the same quarter. In
case over 300 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 December 5, 19, 2021 January 9 and 23.). The first session starts at 9:00am by using the Zoom application.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||First Saturday class of two sessions before noon. Introduction and Discussion about the Theme of the quarter. Proposing theme by pair of students and make groups by two or three pairs of students agreeing the theme.||Taking participants self-introduction and establish communication. Understand the task of the course. Proposing theme by pair of students and make groups.|
|Class 2||Second Saturday class of two sessions before noon. Group work||Discussion by each group on the theme for preparing mini-symposium poster session.|
|Class 3||Third Saturday class of two sessions before noon. Group work||Discussion by each group on the theme for preparing mini-symposium poster session.|
|Class 4||Forth Saturday class of two sessions before noon. Mini-symposium||Poster sesison by group, participation at lecture and presentation of selected group|
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.
“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]
Students will be assessed by participation and reports.
Students need to register by November 27. Please check infomation by temporary WEB site of Institution for Liberal Arts.
Students are expected to commit themselves to the course.
This course is seminor style. Students are also required activities outside of the individual sessions.
Path-breaking Liberal Arts Courses are offered on Saturday mornings. They consist of four classes, each of which includes two 100-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. （Scheduled on 2020 December 5, 19, 2021 January 9 and 23.）
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
TBA. Ask the instructors.
The fourth class
TBA. Ask the instructors.
the office of the Institution for Liberal Arts.
When you need to contact by e-mail, the title of e-mail should start from the heading "#600P".
This syllabus, written for the classes in real classrooms, could be modified as the course is to be offered online.
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/1Bto 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.