2021 Seminar on Humanities(Facilitating dialogue, collaboration, and bliss)3

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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 the first half, we try to go to World Natural Heritage Yakushima Island from Aug. 23rd to 25th. We would like to reconnect us to other people, nature and ourselves by nature experience and dialogue with colleagues.
The aim is to let the students of Natural Science to remember "we are all children of the earth" in nature experience. It will be the foundation of their research and life for sustainable future.
If the intensive camp is not allowed by the situation of corona virus, same kind of workshop will be held at Ookayama campus.

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.
(When it would be held at Ookayama, we would try to reconnect to society instead of nature.)

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
The instructor has visited 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 people who are woking hard in this society. Based on these experiences, I would like to facilitate students to experience the rich natural environment and to dialogue with colleague.


Yakushima island, Natural experience, Reconnection, 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 new challenge, so the detail will be decided through the meeting with students. First class is the orientation and the member should be fixed. Second class is the sharing of preliminary survey about Yakushima. On Aug 23rd, we will gather at Yakushima, then we will stay at True Nature Home for 3days. The cost is payed by yourself. Limited to Eight people. We will experience nature, cook in turns, have dialogues over fire. It may become a chance to reflect ourselves by encountering nature and friends .

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 LAH.H252,LAH.H354, LAH.H356 will be held together. Limited to 8 people. Orientation: Apr. 14, 1420-1600, at W9-E808 or online. (in case of online: 12:35-14:15) Preliminary survey session: May 19 and July 14, 1420-1600 Yakushima Schedule:Aug 23 to 25, We will meet and dissolve there. (If it is difficult to camp together because of corona virus, the intensive class will be held at Ookayama.) Preparation for the Preliminary survey session. Writing on my life story for self introduction. Facilitation for group work.



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.H152 : Seminar on Humanities(Facilitating dialogue, collaboration, and bliss)1
  • LAH.H352 : 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.
I hope we can camp this summer. If it would become impossible, I will facilitate the workshop in Ookayama.
Please mail me before, so that I will let you know the exact information of the orientation.

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