• Global Competence A (Tuesday 1)

     

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:

    For a study-abroad experience to fully achieve its educational goals and to maximize student learning, it is crucial for students to have intercultural communication education prior to leaving Japan. Studying abroad is a way to develop intercultural sensitivity and global competence, but only "spending time" in a foreign country without focused and appropriate preparation is truly mottainai. The lack of intercultural pre-departure education compromises students' ability to decode and bridge complex intercultural situations, find innovative solutions, plan effective communication strategies for adjusting to issues, and develop appropriate behaviors and attitudes. Meaningful relationships in the new culture are harder to establish. With proper education, misunderstandings, misjudgments, conflicts, confusion, and missed opportunities can be minimized. Human behavior and preferences are based on core cultural values and assumptions. For example, different cultures have different acceptable ways to express anger, cope with embarrassment or sadness, manage conflicts, show respect, relate to others, behave in a learning situation, etc., Students who have a theoretical framework of such intercultural matters, insight into one's ways, and a toolbox of skills will have a rewarding and enriched international experience.

     

    *The password for the weekly downloads → Hint: Big, white, and furry in Romaji.)

     

    09.20 Orientation (attendance: beetroot)

    09.27 Introduction + Video Task Info / sample (quinoa)

    10.04 No Class (print Handout for class

    10.11 Role, Family, Baggage Slides / Handout / Task (potato)

    10.18 Cultural Baggage Slides / Handout + More /  Task (onion)

    10.25 Deep Culture D-I-E / Task / 1 2 3 4 5 (fennel)

    11.08 Challenges, Safety, Connected Slides / Handout / Task (parsnip)

    11.15 Adjustment Cycle Slides / Handout / Task (leek)

    11.22 Arrival, Exhaustion, Homesick Slides / Handout / Task (spinach)

    11.29 Getting Settled, Relationships / Slides / Handout / Task  (squash)

    12.06 Culture Shock Slides / Handout / Task & Holidays  Slides / Handout / Task (kale)

    12.13 The Return Slides / Handout / Task / Presentation Information* (alfalfa)

    12.20 REVIEW TEST / Video Task Due [bring USB or send download link] (pea)

    01.10 STUDENT PRESENTATIONS* (daikon)

     

     

    AUDIENCE:

    This course will develop skills and perspectives for students who intend to live or study abroad so that they will get the most out of their international experience.

     

    EVALUATION:

    Grades will be decided on a balanced performance in the following areas:

    1. Attendance

    2. Weekly Assignments

    3. Video Project

    4. Student Presentation

     

    TEXTBOOKS

    No class textbook. Materials will be distributed via a website link. (When classes are in session, students are responsible for bringing printouts of the downloaded material to each class.)

     

  • Global Competence B (Tuesday 2)

     

    COURSE DESCRIPTION

    Culture can be compared to how fish relate to water: As long as we stay within our own culture, we don't take notice of things. Everything is normal, just as it should be. Only when we have fish-out-of-water experiences do we realize that there are other worlds. Unfamiliar environments, values, and behaviors can be stressful, and they can lead people to make skewed judgments or react in a negative inefficient way to the "strange" culture. However, with cultural intelligence/intercultural communication education, people will discover that there are valuable gifts hidden in the unfamiliar. At the same time, with renewed eyes, they appreciate the gifts in their own culture.

     

    NOTE: CLASS CONTENT HAS CHANGED.

    The vegetables in parentheses below = The day's attendance password.

     

    09.20 ORIENTATION: Expectations

    09.27 Introductions

    10.04 Biang-biang 

    10.11 Whaling 

    10.18 Getting down on one knee 

    10.25 Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice 

    11.08 Meaning of my Existence 

    11.15 Hope Invites 

    11.22 The Giving Tree 

    11.29 Flight Safety Video 

    12:06 Santa 

    12.13 TEST INFORMATION 

    12.20 Vocabulary Test 

    01.10.2023 Essay Test (physical attendance is NOT necessary if submitted online)

     

     

    EVALUATION:

    Grades will be decided on a balanced performance in the following areas:

    1. Attendance and Weekly Participation

    2. Midterm Test

    3. Final Test (or Report)

     

    TEXTBOOKS

    No class textbook.

     

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