2020 Japanese Culture: Multi-cultural collaboration 4QA

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Academic unit or major
Japanese language and culture courses
Instructor(s)
Komatsu Midori 
Course component(s)
Exercise
Mode of instruction
ZOOM
Day/Period(Room No.)
Fri3-4(Zoom)  
Group
4QD
Course number
LAJ.C501
Credits
1
Academic year
2020
Offered quarter
4Q
Syllabus updated
2020/9/23
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

Through text readings and discussion, students will learn the knowledge and communication skills necessary to work smoothly in a multicultural environment.
This course examines the conflicts of international graduates from Japanese universities and Japanese employees working in a global environment.The course further examines how they try to solve such conflicts, as well as how they feel the significance of their own existence in their workplace from their respective viewpoint.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1)deepen their understanding of communication and interpersonal relationship which are quite essential when they live and work in a multicultural environment.
2)acquire communication skills for multicultural collaboration by learning diverse opinions and values through discussions with other students.

Keywords

multicultural collaboration intercultural communication multicultural business diversity

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The first half of each class will be a lecture, and the second half will be a discussion in groups. The guest speaker will give a lecture in the sixth class. Students are expected to read the materials assigned for each class. The details will be explained in the first class.Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.The course schedule described below may be changed depending on the number of students enrolled in the course.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation - Foreigners working in multicultural business situations in Japan Have an understanding on the situation of people from diverse cultural backgrounds working in Japanese society.
Class 2 Conflicts, resolutions, working values and awareness of international graduates working in a global environment The current state and subject will be understood from research and reports related to the theme, and future issues will be discussed.
Class 3 Conflicts, resolutions, working values of Japanese employees working in a global environment The current state and subject will be understood from research and reports related to the theme, and future issues will be discussed.
Class 4 Japanese employees' awareness of the presence of foreign employees The current state and subject will be understood from research and reports related to the theme, and future issues will be discussed.
Class 5 Diversity management The current state and subject will be understood from research and reports related to the theme, and future issues will be discussed.
Class 6 Lecture by the guest speaker and discussion Guest speakers will deepen our understanding of the challenges faced by Japanese companies in globalization.
Class 7 The meaning international graduates attach to their work place and employment in Japan The current state and subject will be understood from research and reports related to the theme.Summerize the lectures from No1. to No.7.

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.

Textbook(s)

Not specified.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

加賀美常美代編著「多文化な職場の異文化間コミュニケーション:外国人社員と日本人同僚の葛藤・労働価値観・就労意識」明石書店(10月初旬発行予定)

Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluation will be based on the comment paper and the final report. Students are required to attend two-thirds of classes and submit the final report.

Related courses

  • Intermediate Japanese7
  • Intermediate Japanese8
  • Intermediate Japanese9

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

Only for international students who have completed Intermediate Japanese 8 or the equivalent level. The lecture content of “LAJ.C501-01 Japanese Culture: Multi-cultural collaboration 3QA” and "LAJ.C501-02 Japanese Culture: Multi-cultural collaboration 4QA" is the same .

Other

You must reserve your place in the class in advance using Japanese class online system (http://js.ila.titech.ac.jp/~web). You will not be allowed to attend the class without reservation.

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