2023 Tohoku Co-learning Camp (Leadership Course)

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Kawashima Saho  Yamaura Hiroshi  Takahashi Hideharu 
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Course description and aims

In this course, international students and Tokyo Tech local students will visit together the Tohoku region and learn its local history, characteristics and culture so that they can multiculturally think and discuss what the society would expect to science and technology fields in future. During the agricultural experiences of Kakuda city (pref. Miyagi), the students will understand more diverse aspects of Japanese society when they get to know some traditional styles of farming in the rural communities, which are different from those around the metropolitan area. The students will also visit the areas and facilities affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011 and observe several research projects of engineering for reconstruction related to natural disaster, disaster prevention along with energy issues.

Student learning outcomes

Through this course, students will be able to
1. Discover traditional culture and life issues peculiar to the rural community and know about the diversity of Japanese society, through the agricultural experience and home stay at Kakuda city.
2. Deepen the knowledge of earthquakes and disaster prevention through visit to facilities related to Fukushima nuclear power plant and to tsunami-damaged areas.


Tohoku region, Rural society of Japan, Earthquake disaster, Disaster prevention, Multicultural co-learning

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

- This course has a capacity and those who pass the selection can take this course. Course registration must be done by "Course Addition" from the portal site after being selected as participants of the course. For the detail, see the "Prerequisites" below.
- In the first class (guidance), the travel schedule, pre-survey tasks, grouping and so on will be announced. The study camp is planned to be 3 nights and 4 days (from February 27th to March 1st, 2023).

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Wednesday, February 21th, from 9:30 - 12:00 at M-B107(H104) of Main Building, Ookayama Campus. Opening remark by Hiroshi Yamaura Lecture on Reconstruction after 3.11 by Hideharu Takahashi Group project "What can engineering contribute to the reconstruction after 3.11?" *Guidance (self-introductions, instruction on the manners for homestay) will be included. Lecture on Tohoku will be given before the Tohoku tour. Each group will make a presentation on the pre-surveyed topics, such as facilities to be visited, culture and geography of Kakuda city. Each student has to clarify his/her part of the pre-survey in the presentation. Understand the itinerary and risk management, resolve unclear points about the study camp.
Class 2 Tuesday, February 27th. Tohoku study camp Day1: Multicultural co-learning at Kakuda city 1 Ookayama campus → Kakuda Space Center → Welcome party at Shinken-Factory restaurant. Home stay at Kakuda City Record the visit to the JAXA Kakuda Space Center and the first day's interaction with the host family.
Class 3 Wednesday, February 28th. Tohoku study camp Day2: Multicultural co-learning at Kakuda city 2 Making soba noodle → Visiting disaster prevention pump → Strawberry picking at an organic farm. Home stay at Kakuda City Record the experiences of agriculture, traditional craftworks and event, and the second day's interaction with the host family.
Class 4 Thursday, February 29th. Tohoku study camp Day3: Visit 311 related areas and observe their reconstruction Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R) Ukedo port and the devastated area by 311 the Great East Japan Earthquake Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum Decommissioning Archive Center Stay at Fukushima prefecture Record the learning contents of each facility.
Class 5 Friday, March 1st. Tohoku study camp Day4: Visit 311 related areas and observe their reconstructions Naraha Center for Remote Control Technology Development (Remote control engineering) Aqua marine Fukushima (Marine ecology) Iwaki La La Mew (Fisheries science) Coming back to Ookayama campus in the evening Record the learning contents of each facility.Each group gives presentation on what they learned in the camp. Every student is also required to submit a report paper by due day.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Instructor will distribute teaching materials as needed.

Assessment criteria and methods

Participation in all the dates listed in the syllabus is compulsory for passing this course. The assessment will be made with 20% of pre-survey task (group presentation), 40% of final group presentation, and 40% of individual report paper.

Related courses

  • LAW.X364 : Tohoku Co-learning Camp

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

This course has a capacity. Course registration must be done by "Course Addition" from the portal site after being selected as participants of the course.
Please apply from the form below:
In the form, please write an essay on the subject of "What I want to learn in this course" in the pre-registration period.
The applicants will be selected based on the submitted essay in the form.
No additional application will be accepted after the pre-registration period.
Transportation fees are subsidized by the university.
Participation fees including accommodations will be announced on this syllabus.


All the students are required to join the insurance recommended by the institute.

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