We will learn about the progress of multiculturalism and consider what a diverse society is and what is required for various people to live and work together. The lecture will also examine overseas cases where cultures, ethnic groups, and religions are coexisting. In the lectures, group work and discussions using the intercultural communication theory and methodology will be conducted, aiming to acquire communication skills to interact with people of different backgrounds and cultures.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the current situation of multiculturalism in Japan and be able to identify and analyze the issues.
2) Acquire an attitude of diversity and coexist with people of diverse cultures.
multiculturalism, diversity, prejudice, communication
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
A question regarding the topic of the day will be provided. Students will work on it individually or in a group, followed by lecture, discussions and exercise problems.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Multiculturalism in the community: Case analysis of a maladaptation to Japanese culture||Discuss cases of cultural adaptation among international students and consider the factors behind it.|
|Class 2||Change the way of viewing - disability studies||consider examples of reasonable accommodation in universities.|
|Class 3||Religious diversity||Consider the current situation and approaches for religious diversity in Japan.|
|Class 4||How prejudice is formed, and understanding diversity: Case analysis of a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country||Consider the current situation and approaches for multi-ethnic and multi-religious country.|
|Class 5||Guest speaker||Ask questions, discuss, and have a dialogue with the guest speaker|
|Class 6||Multilingualization and simple Japanese||Understand and write simple Japanese.|
|Class 7||Workshop and presentation: Social and cultural diversity||Prepare for presentation.|
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.
Course materials will be provided during the class.
Assessment will be based on assignment, group presentation, poster and term paper.
Online classes using Zoom. For group discussions, it is more effective to talk with the video on. However, if you wish to avoid video for some reason, it is possible.