2021 Special Lecture :Social and Cultural Diversity

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Humanities and social science courses
Sato Reiko 
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Course description and aims

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.

Student learning outcomes

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

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

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

  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.

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.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials will be provided during the class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessment will be based on assignment, group presentation, poster and term paper.

Related courses

  • LAH.H109 : Special Lecture : Language and Culture
  • LAH.T210 : Linguistics B

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

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.

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