• 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 patters 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 from an awareness and understanding of one’s own cultural background.

     

    04.10 Course Orientation

    04.17 Student Introductions

    04.24 Folklore

    05.08 Rice

    05.15 Luck  

    05.22 Remnant

    05.29 Documentary MINKA / (Handout)

    06.05 Calisthenics

    06.12 Sacred and Secular

    06.19 Repellent

    06.26 Bath   [ Test Information ]

    07.03 Test Preparation

    07.10 FINAL TEST - Vocabulary

    07.17 FINAL TEST- Writing + Survey

     

    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 deeper sense of media literacy by developing a critical eye, digging for sources, finding hidden agendas or intentions and evaluating persuasion techniques. 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 rather 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 Preparation + Presentation Gist

    07.10 MID-SEMESTER TEST (Vocabulary)

    07.17 MID-SEMESTER (Writing)

     

    09.25 Summer Vacations

    10.02

    10.09

    10.16

    10.23

    10.30

    11.13

    11.20

    11.27

    12.04

    12.11

    12.18 Text Preparation

    01.08 FINAL TEST (Vocabulary)

    01.15 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.