• Global Competence C (Wed. 1)

     

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:

    There is a saying in Japanese: todai moto kurashi. In English, it means that people don’t notice things that are right under their noses. One’s culture is not something that many people think too much about, that is until they encounter someone from a foreign culture. Many young Japanese, when asked by someone from another culture why they behave in a certain way, or why things are the way they are in Japan, often are at a loss as to how to explain. This course will change that. By putting cultural concepts (which are often hard to see) in the spotlight and by analyzing values, attitudes, behavior patterns, and communication styles, students will be able to explain their culture to non-Japanese in a way that non-Japanese can relate to and understand. Global citizenry starts with an awareness and understanding of one’s cultural background.

     

    09.25 Course Orientation

    10.09 No Class

    10.16 Folklore

    10.23 Rice 

    10.30 Luck

    11.13 Remnant 

    11.20 Calisthenics

    11.27 Shortened Session - Documentary MINKA / (Handout)

    12.04 Sacred and Secular 

    12.11 Repellent

    12.18 Bath   [ Test Information ]

    01.08.2020 FINAL TEST - Vocabulary

    01.15.2020 FINAL TEST- Writing + WebSurvey

     

    EXPECTATIONS:

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

     

    EVALUATION:

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

    1. Participation, contribution, and attitude
    2. Weekly In-Class Assignments
    3. Final Tests

     

    TEXTBOOKS

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

  • Zemi (Wednesday 2)

     

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:

    The purpose of this seminar is threefold. The first objective is to improve students’ understanding of global issues relating to Japan in our interdependent world currently enveloped in a tide of uncertainty. Second is to gain a more profound sense of media literacy by developing a critical eye, digging for sources, finding hidden agendas or intentions, and evaluating persuasion techniques. The third is to enlarge students’ English vocabulary and communication skills. The ultimate aim of this seminar is for each student to grasp that it is not what we get but instead who we are and what we contribute that truly matters.

     

    OUR GLOBAL WORLD

    T-Shirt Project Overview

    The Economics * (DL01)

    Technology & Subsidies * (DL02)

    Indonesia [satellite farms/spinning] * (DL03)

    Two Sisters * (DL04)

    Garment Industry * (DL05)

    Bangladesh / Columbia * (DL06)

    Nixon and Kimchi * (DL07)

    Container * (DL08)

    Taxes * (DL 09)

    The Afterlife (DL10) * ["Test" Info]

    Work, Trade, Clothes * (DL11)

     

    WHITEBOARD REVIEW:

    04.10 Overview

    04.17 Session A (Ohgi & Yuuki)

    04.24 Session B (Hiro or Kazu)

    05.08 Session C (Hakamada)

    05.15 Session D (Minami)

    05.22 Session E (Professor Presentation)

    05.29 Session F (Kazu Presentation)

    06.05 Session G (Ohgi Presentation)

    06.12 Session H (Yuuki Presentation)

    06.19 Session I (Hakamada Presentation)

    06.26 Session J (Discussion)

    07.03 Test Information

    07.10 MID-SEMESTER TEST (Vocabulary)

    07.17 MID-SEMESTER (Writing)

     

    09.25 TED Talk: DeepFakes / handout

    10.09 No Class

    10.16 Handout 1 & 2 / Notes

    10.23

    10.30

    11.13

    11.20

    11.27 No Class

    12.04

    12.11

    12.18 Text Preparation

    01.08.2020 FINAL TEST (Vocabulary)

    01.15.2020 FINAL TEST (Writing)

     

    *Mid-semester Vocabulary (multiple choice & short answer) & Final Exam (format TBA) in January 2020.

     

     

    EXPECTATIONS:

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


    EVALUATION:
    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.

     

    TEXTBOOKS

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