• Global Competence A (Tuesday 1)



    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.


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    09.24 Orientation
    10.01 Introductions

    10.08 [1a] Intro II / Short Session

    10.15 [1b] Role, Family, Baggage 

    10.29 [2] Deep Culture, D-I-E   [V. Task Info]

    11.12 No Class

    11.19 [3] Challenges, Safety, Connected  

    11.26 [4] Adjustment Cycle  

    12.03 [5] Arrival, Exhaustion, Homesick    

    12.10 [6] Getting Settled, Relationships     

    12.17 [7] Culture Shock - Holidays   

    12.24 [8] The Return  [2020 Info]   [Video Task Due] 

    01.14.2020 Semester Test (Paper)

    01.21.2020 Student Presentations & WebSurvey



    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.


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

    1. Participation, contribution, and attitude

    2. Weekly In-Class Task Sheets
    3. Video Project
    4. Final Presentation



    No class textbook. Materials will be distributed via a website link. Students are responsible for bringing printouts of the downloaded material to each class.


  • Global Competence B (Tuesday 2)



    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. With cultural intelligence/intercultural communication education, however, people will discover that there are valuable gifts hidden in the unfamiliar, and at the same time, with renewed eyes appreciate the gifts in their own culture.




    [ SPRING SEMESTER, 2019 -2020]

    09.24 Course Overview
    10.01 Session A

    10.08 Session B 

    10.15 Session C

    10.29 Session D

    11.12 No Class

    11.19 Session E

    11.26 Session F

    12.03 Session G

    12.10 Session H

    12.17 Information Packet

    12.24 Test Preparation

    01.14.2020 FINAL TEST- Vocabulary + WebSurvey

    01.21.2020 FINAL TEST - Essay



    04.16 Orientation

    04.23 Student Intro, Photo Session

    05.07 Video Project Information

    05.14 Cultural Intelligence + Discussion

    05.21 The Five Important Core Themes

    05.28 Change, Cognitive Style, Conflicts

    06.04 Control, Decisions, Flow, Formality


    06.18 Freedom, Leader/Manager, Pace

    06.25 Quality, Rat/Emotional, Silence

    07.02 Comm, Process, Work Style
    07.09 FINAL TEST- Vocabulary

    07.16 FINAL TEST- Essay

    07.23 Final Review and Wrap Up




    Students are expected to come to class on time and with a positive attitude. Enrollment will be limited.

    Grades will be decided on a balanced performance in the following areas: Tasks, Presentation, Participation, Contribution, and Attitude. The more you speak up in class, the better your grade will be.


    No textbook. Weekly printouts will be distributed.