2020 Seminar on Humanities(Facilitating dialogue, collaboration, and bliss)1

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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. In the first half, we will go to World Natural Heritage Yakushima Island to reconnect us to others, nature and ourselves. Remembering that we are all children of the earth will be the basis to create the sustainable future. (In the second half, we read some classic books carefully together. And there are two things to learn through the experience. The first is holistic care skills. 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 that we human being is a part of the big circle of nature.
Students will learn others and themselves through collaboration and dialogue.
Students want to create a collaborative space in which honest dialogue can be had.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
I have been to Yakushima island for 30 years. I taught the intensive summer class of the graduate school of Rikkyo University for 10 years. I have offered many mindful retreats for busy adults who are woking hard in this society. Based on these experiences, I would like to facilitate students to experience the rich natural environment and learning each other in summer intensive course.


Yakushima island, Natural experience, living together, collaborative learning space, sustainability, 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 brand new class, so detail will be decided based on the dialogue with students. Outline is first class is the orientation and fix the students. Second class is sharing of pre-study on Yakushima nature. At the end of summer, we will stay at True Nature Home in Yakushima for 3days. We will experience deep nature, cook in turns, have dialogues over fire. It may become a chance to reflect ourselves by encountering nature and others. The cost is payed by yourself.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 LAH.H252,LAH.H354, LAH.H356 will be held together. Orientation: May 13 1330-1510, at W9-E808. Pre study group: June 10 1330-1705 Yakushima Schedule:Aug 24 to 26, We will meet and end at Yakushima. Preparation for the presentation. Preparation for facilitating learning workshop.


At the time of orientation, we will discuss and decide.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Nakano, Tamio. How to make a collaborative learning community.
Nakano, Tamio. Workshop
Nakano, Tamio. Joyful practice.
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.H252 : Seminar on Humanities(Facilitating dialogue, collaboration, and bliss)1
  • LAH.H354 : 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.)

Interest in nature, ecology, environmental issues, sustainability. A little experience and curiosity of outdoor and cooking. Challenge spirit to enjoy three days group life.


The first half(1.2Q) is brand new class, I will welcome the students who once took this.

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