Engineers increasingly need to have knowledge and skills suitable for working in international environments and tackling global issues. “Global” means understanding connections between nations and recognizing differences and similarities between different cultures. In this course, through the group work, students will conduct case studies based on subjective and objective data collection and analysis.
This course consists of four classes: Class 1 focus is on issues in Europe and America. Class 2 and 3 focus is on issues in Asia, and Class 4 is a joint problem-based learning with Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.
This course aims that through the group work, students will 1) develop multicultural understanding, 2) learn global issues and their interactions, 3) increase the international awareness, and 4) develop fundamental skills to work in global environment in the future.
This course will provide students with selected skills and experience to further their knowledge of global issues that engineers should be aware of. These will include 1. Skills in finding and assessing quality of data, 2. Coordinate different opinions, set direction and make agreement, 3. Develop critical viewpoints on selected issues. 4) Develop confidence in research and discussion in English.
Asian countries, Social issues, Global engineering, Global science
|✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||Specialist skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Classes will consist of brief introductory lectures, followed by group-work to plan, perform data collection, and analyse findings. Students will also be encouraged to collect data from online and offline sources before class. Classes will include the participation of Teaching Assistants from Asian countries who will be used as additional sources of data and to help students focus their study. The course encourages students to work in a supportive team-work style, helping each other improve their global awareness through responding to each others’ presentations and reports.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||February 20th Thu, 10:45-16:30 First day: Introduction Lecture about globalization and specific point of Asian developing countries Grouping, Subject fixing Research methods, introduction of group work and presentations Assignment Group presentations 1 Analysis of subjects||While reviewing the history and issues of Japan's globalization in the modern era, we also confirm changes in the Asian society with changing times. For Japanese companies, not only developed countries, but also developing countries have become business partners. Necessary knowledge, know how, and skill of these Asian countries will be introduced in this course. Then, conducting preliminary surveys both in Japan and these Asian countries by group work, ① to acquire cross-cultural understanding, ② teamwork, ③ problem discovery and solving skills. By doing this, students shall realize the globalization and consider the role of Japan among Asian countries.|
|Class 2||February 21th Fri, 10:45-16:30 Second day: Summarizing current situations and issues Group works Group presentations 2 Analysis of subjects|
|Class 3||February 27th Thu, 10:45-16:30 Third day: Analysis and proposal Group works Group presentations 3 Proposal about contribution of Japan to Asian developing countries|
Reference materials will be provided in class.
Performance in group work (individually) ：10%
Group report (each group) ：10％
Presentation (each group)：10％
Group discussion (each group)：10％
Ability to discuss and do group-work in English.