Academic Courses taught in English - curriculum

Comparative Cultural Studies I,II

Japan located east of an Asian continent has formed the culture and the art by absorbing a variety of continental cultures. Moreover, Japan worked on the intake of the West civilization in passion in recent times, suited it in Japan, and achieved the modernization of the society in a short term. In addition, various popular cultures and the arts opened on the base of such a modernization effloresce in postwar Japan. This course seeks to account historically for the culture and the art of traditional Japan, which was formed by the exchange with an Asia continent in the first half and seeks to account for a cultural, artistic result accomplished through the negotiation with the West civilization in modern Japan, and the development and the present situation of popular culture that became active in postwar Japan in the latter half.

Intercultural Understanding I, II

Primarily a readings course on academic intercultural communication (IC), specifically sociocultural linguistics. Note the word "academic": This means that IC is a knowledge-based study rather than a skills course in conversational English or such. IC typically studies theory, principles, and concepts that help explain and prepare for effective intercultural relationships. Central in this study is social context--how it impacts social perception and communication. Perception is important for how people view the world around them and the making or breaking of intercultural/international relationships, as well.

History of Cultural Exchange I, II

This course will help students understand ethnocentrism and develop their cultural awareness in order to improve their intercultural communication skills. to question the origin of their points of view. to engage in meaningful conversation with the teacher to understand non-Japanese opinions. to clearly express one's opinions and feelings. new vocabulary and recycle it throughout the semester.

Current Topics I, II

This course introduces students to conversation and topic-based discussion skills. Students will practice discussing everyday topics, world events, and academic subjects; thinking critically; developing arguments; giving presentations and holding debates. Furthermore, various teaching approaches and strategies will be taught since students will be future teachers of English. Course objectives include: improved fluency in spoken English, critical thinking, skills for developing an argument, conducting discussions, presentations, and debates. Moreover, students will learn how to make lesson plans and teach a lesson to the rest of the class.

American Culture

Students in this course will learn about the history and culture of the United States. Course topics include: colonial life and Western settlement; aboriginal people; urbanization, industrialization, and leisure; the Civil Rights movement; popular music; and contemporary culture and politics. Course objectives include improvement in the following: reading, writing and listening skills; test-taking skills; knowledge of American history and culture.

Social History of America I, II

The course will survey American history and culture during the latter half of the 20th century. We will examine the effect of events both national and international on the course of American history, therefore bringing us to a greater understanding of how the present political and social climate in the United States came to be established.

Social History of Britain I, II

This course will examine British social history from 1960 to 2000. Lessons will focus on the key people, places and events which shaped the development of Britain during this time. The course will comprise short lectures, videos, short reading texts, quizzes, discussion and student presentations. Themes will include: music, fashion, youth culture, race and multiculturalism, consumerism, and so forth.

Media Literacy I, II

Media literacy aims at helping students understand the various forms of media, to make better use of them and be more skillful at gathering trustworthy information.The main goal of this class is students' media empowerment: to transform their passive or semi-passive relationship to media into an active, critical one.

Introduction to Canadian Cultural Studies I or II (Seminar)

In this seminar, students will be introduced to the cultures of Canada through the study of literature, music, and film. Course themes will include: history and contemporary society, nature, Canadian cultural industries, French Canada, and multiculturalism. Students will choose a research topic in one of the main research areas and follow steps in the completion of a short research essay.

Introdution to Irish Studies I or II (Seminar)

This course will focus on learning about the people, history, and culture of modern Ireland through a study of its literature (fiction and poetry), film, and music. Class time will consist of background lectures, discussions of assigned readings and film viewings, and instruction in research methods and writing.

Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies Seminar III, IV (Seminar)

In this seminar, students will learn about the development of literature and literary studies in Canada, with emphasis on works written in English in the twentieth century. Each week there will be one or more short texts to read along with discussion questions. Some texts will also be available in Japanese translation. Short lectures will deal with the writers as well as cultural themes related to the works. Students will do one presentation and write a short essay on a literary work.

History of World's Fairs in North America Seminar III, IV (Seminar)

In this class, we will explore the interesting social and cultural history of world's fairs. Topics that we will look at include music, dance, technology, international relations, politics, and consumer products and consumerism. We will examine ethnicity, issues of race, gender and class in relation to these topics. Students will have the chance to improve listening and discussion skills through weekly readings and small research assignments.