2020 Advanced Course of Traditional Technology and Intercultural Co-learning

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Murakami Rie  Ota Eri  Watanabe Takashi  Kobayashi Equo  Matsuzaki Yuri  Kamura Kenshu 
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Course description and aims

By forming a multicultural group composed of Japanese and International students, through lectures and self-pace learning by SPOCs, students will 1) deepen the knowledge about traditional technology taking steel making as specific example, and 2) proceed with intercultural co-learning.

Student learning outcomes

1. Students will conduct research on traditional technology of home country, including its historical, cultural and social background.
2. Students will conduct multicultural group work in order to equip with skills related to intercultural co-learning.
3. By understand traditional technology of home country and taking Japanese Iron made through Tatara Iron Making method as specific example, students will make proposal to revival and development of traditional technology of their home countries with global perspective.


Traditional technology, Tatara Iron Making, Global perspective, International co-learning

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The course will be composed of following;
1.Lecture and self-pace learning by SPOCs, Research and information sharing about traditional technology of home country.
2.On-site workshop on 1) Tatara Iron Making, 2) Sword smith (paper knife making), and 3) Japanese sword appreciation
3.Group proposal presentation on reviral and development of traditional technology
4.Individual report about specific proposal and development of PR contents.

*Aforementioned activities may be conducted partly on-line.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Wed. 10/28, 5-8th periods Introduction, Lecture, Charcoal cutting Supplement day for charcoal cutting (Practical Training) on Wed. 11/4, 5-6th periods ・Orientation; Group work, Instruction about proposal making and final report, Announcement of group members ・Lecture; Traditional technology and industrial restructuring ・Charcoal cutting (for Tatara Iron Making and blacksmith) ・Self-learning by SPOCs (History of iron, iron processing, sword smith, and traditional iron crafts) , self-lead small quiz. ・Prepare presentation about home country's traditional iron making technology, its history, social background, and industry.
Class 2 Wed. 11/11, 5-6th periods Understanding of Iron industry and utilization in each country ・Sharing information about home country's traditional iron making technology, its history, social background, and industry. ・Discuss similarities and differences, as well as points of clarification. ・Sharing proposed ideas for revival/development traditional technology based on the specific situation of each country. ・Collect necessary information to make proposal for revival/development traditional technology. ・Report group work process (Ideas for proposal, discussion points, additional research, and so forth.)
Class 3 Sat. 11/14, 08:50-17:00 Practical Training Engineering schools' waste collecting site ・Simplified Tatara Iron Making ・Black smith (Paper knife making) ・Japanese sword appreciation <Assignments> ・Develop specific proposal on proposal for revival/development of traditional technology ・Collect further information related to proposal making. ・Report group work process (Specific proposal, additional research, and so forth.)
Class 4 Wed. 11/25, 5-7th periods Group work and Final group proposal presentation for revival/development of traditional technology ・Group work for finalization of presentation ・Final proposal presentation for revival/development of traditional technology, based on global perspectives and taking Japanese iron made through Tatara Iron Making method as specific example. <Assignments> ・Based on proposal presentation, complete individual report for revival/development of traditional technology including its historical/cultural backgrounds and customs of home country. (in English) ・Create PR media (website, poster, or video, etc.) for the revival/development of traditional technology. (in English)


SPOCs contents, other materials will be provided in due course.

Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

Participation on lecture:10%
Research on traditional technology of home country:20%
Participation on practical training:10%
Contribution to group work:30%
Final proposal presentation (group evaluation):10%
Final report, PR media (in English):20%

Related courses

  • LAW.X353 : Traditional Techonlogy and Intercultural Co-learning

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

1.Students who wish to enroll/participate in this course should have English proficiency (TOEIC score 750 or above, TOEFL-iBT score 80 or above), so that he/she will be able understand the lectures and actively participate in discussions.
2.Students should have interest on Japanese traditional technology (Tatara Iron Making) and its product (Japanese Iron).

Office hours

Contact by E-mail to GSEC office.


Priority will be given to students who have enrolled in Global Scientists and Engineers Course.
Due to the limitation on number of participants, if the registration have reached more than the maximum limit, the selection may be made based on the credits received for the completion of GSEC course.
Students have to submit individual final report in English.
For the preparation of group work and practical training, students should complete course registration by Thursday, 15th October.

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