2021 Path-Breaking Liberal Arts Courses 4A

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Shirabe Masashi  Yumiyama Tatsuya  Kotani Yasunori  Ishihara Yuki  Kitagawa Yoriko  Yamane Ryoichi  Anno Mariko  Akama Hiroyuki  Jibu Renge  Yamamoto Takamitsu  Tanioka Takehiko  Kiuchi Kumiko  Okada Saori 
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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

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

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Up to 300 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 2021 December 4, 18, 2022 January 8 and 22.). The first session starts at 9:00am by using the Zoom application.

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 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

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.


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

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

Students need to register by November 26. 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.

【important notice】
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 presentations 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 2021 December 4, 18, 2022 January 8 and 22.)

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. You must attend the fourth class, and give a presentation.

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

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".


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.

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