A Selection of Courses in SJS
Instructors: OTSU Tomomi, YUKIMATSU Hanae, ABE Shin
This is a course in which Japanese and international students collaborate during fieldwork, etc. and give presentations on the results. Students with diverse backgrounds work in a group using English and Japanese on a theme chosen by the group members themselves. The goal is to acquire language competency and the ability to act and communicate in a multilingual and multicultural environment.
Community Outreach Project: Intercultural Understanding through the (Re)Making of a Historical Narrative
Instructors: KIMURA Masami, TOMOTSUNE Tsutomu
Teams of several students collaborate to identify issues, research and analyze them, and look for ways to solve them. They present the results in reports, PowerPoint presentation slides, and orally. By doing so, they consider new ideas for creating a collaborative society.
Educational Assistance Fieldwork: Introduction to Foreign Language Teaching
Instructors: ITO Katsuhiro, DATE Hiroko
This class is designed to help students understand foreign language education theories and teaching methods, including Japanese language education, and to think about how to apply them to classroom activities. Japanese mother-tongue speakers and those learning Japanese as a foreign language work together, utilizing their respective knowledge and experience to produce actual educational activities in the classroom. Faculty members experienced in Japanese language education in Japan and overseas provide guidance to help students design classroom activities.
Theories of Multicultural Society: Understanding Cross-cultural Issues of Collective Memory: The "History Issue" in East Asia
Instructor: Philip SEATON
The “history problem” (the aftereffects of imperialism and war in East Asia) is a major challenge in the relationship between Japan, China, and South Korea. This debate-style class considers various issues relating to historical consciousness and imperial responsibility. In addition, students think about war and peace through fieldwork.
[TOPIC] The International Teaching Staff of SJS
The School of Japan Studies has over 30 full-time professors, associate professors and lecturers, all with long experience of research and teaching in their respective fields within Japan Studies. SJS also has a special program (under the auspices of the Consortium for Asian and African Studies, CAAS) which invites post-doctoral researchers from partner universities on short-term teaching and research fellowships. With an average of one new teaching fellow employed every year, they make an invaluable contribution by regularly bringing fresh research interests and teaching methods into the department.
Global Liberal Arts Program
All students take the Global Liberal Arts Program regardless of the school they are enrolled in (School of Language and Culture Studies, School of International and Area Studies, or School of Japan Studies). The program includes not only humanities and social science classes but also natural science classes, so that students can receive a broad-based education essential for living/working in international society.
Please see here for details about the Global Liberal Arts Program.