Global Competence A (Tuesday 1)
For a study-abroad experience to fully achieve its educational goals and to maximize student learning, it is important for students to have intercultural communication education prior to leaving Japan. Studying abroad is a way to develop intercultural sensitivity and global competence, but simply "spending time" in a foreign country without focused and appropriate preparation is truly mottainai. The lack of intercultural pre-departure education compromises student 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 own ways, and a toolbox of skills will have a rewarding and enriched international experience.
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05.07 Role, Family, Baggage
05.14 [2a] Deep Culture, D-I-E
05.21 [2b] More D-I-E [V. Task Info]
05.28  Challenges, Safety, Connected
06.04  Adjustment Cycle
06.11  Arrival, Exhaustion, Homesick
06.18  Getting Settled, Relationships
07.09 Test Preparation [Video Task Due]
07.16 Student Presentations 1 + Survey
07.23 Student Presentations 2 + Survey
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.
CLASS CONTENT WILL CHANGE DEPENDING UPON THE CLASS MAKEUP.
[ SPRING SEMESTER, 2019 -2020]
04.16 Course Overview
04.23 Session A
05.07 Session B
05.14 Session C
05.21 Session D
05.28 Session E
06.04 Session F
06.11 Session G
06.18 Session H
06.25 Session I
07.02 Information Packet
07.09 Test Preparation
07.16 FINAL TEST- Vocabulary + Survey
07.23 FINAL TEST - Essay
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
06.11 PRESENTATION or MIDTERM TEST
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.