2019 Introductory Course for Global Scientists and Engineers 5

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Ota Eri  Murakami Rie 
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Course description and aims

With continuing globalization, students are expected to develop a global perspective with respect to creating their career as well. This course invites instructors of related fields to lecture on the current state of globalization, introducing problem solving techniques for a cross-cultural environment based on the instructor's experience. Then students will perform group work based on problem-based learning (PBL). This course consists of 5 classes. Class 1 and Class 2 are same contents. These classes use both English and Japanese during group work.
Class 3 (3Q) focus is on issues in Europe and America. Class 4 (Summer intensive) and 5 (Spring intensive) focus is on issues in Asia.
Class 3, Class 4, and Class 5 use only English in small members of group work and during all courses. So, Class 3, Class 4 and Class 5 will have a requirement of English score, equivalent to TOEIC 750.
The aim of this course is for students to learn (1) problem identification and solving skills, (2) cross-cultural understanding skills, and (3) teamwork skills. Through this course students will explore our country's global role after gaining awareness of globalization in Japan.

Student learning outcomes

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.


Globalization, Global science, global engineering, multicultural understanding, social issues, problem solving, team building

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

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

  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



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Handouts by each lecture (A/N)

Assessment criteria and methods

1) Performance in group work (individually) 10%
2) Chapter in charge (individually) 30%
3) Personal essay (individually) 30%
4) Group report (each group) 10%
5) Group presentation (each group) 10%
6) Group discussion (each group) 10%

Related courses

  • LAW.X201 : Advanced Course for Global Scientists and Engineers

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

For ones who want to take this course, please register for the "Global Scientists and Engineers Course"
For Class 3, Class 4 and Class 5 will have a requirement of English score, equivalent to TOEIC 750.


Each class will hold different period. Please pay attention each schedule.
Class 1 and Class 2: 4Q
Class 3: 3Q
Class 4: Summer intensive
Class 5: Spring intensive

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