|専門分野||This seminar will focus on the study of communication, language, and society. Following the concept of Dewey's (1906) verbal tie 'common-community-communication', it will examine how we communicate with one another to find points in common that allow us to form communities. This seminar will use a wide range of approaches to explore this topic, including but not limited to psychology, philosophy, and socio-cultural theory.|
This seminar will look at several topics connected to communication, language, and society, asking questions such as: How does our body affect the way we interact with others? What issues of inclusivity and diversity exist in our community? How do we value silence versus talk? What sociocultural ideas influence how we think and interact? Why are some people anxious about entering a community?
In class, we will cover key theories to give background understanding, before looking at each topic in greater depth from different approaches. This will give students the chance to consider the topic from different views, and get ideas for building their own research topic. Students should choose a topic for their research project or graduation thesis that falls within the themes of communication, language, and society. Students can choose to research any type of community or situation that interests them, for example sports teams, education, the work place, family, friendship groups, and interactions between strangers.
Students must produce a clear graduation thesis statement and research proposal that will need my approval. I will give guidance and advice, but students are expected to carry out the work independently.
This seminar will also go over research essentials so students feel confident to produce independent research projects and their graduation thesis. We will look at:
- Choosing a focused topic
- Planning the outline and outcome of the research
- Selecting quality sources (primary and secondary)
- Organising and analysing the sources
- Good research hygiene such as referencing (APA), word processing
- Writing style
- Critical and creative thinking skills
There will be group work and discussion each class, but students are expected to show independent thought and participation. Students will share ideas and research with one another in a 'market-place' style class that depends on each person's contributions.
In this semester, students will be introduced to key theories to build background knowledge. We will go over some basic research essentials. The goal of this semester is for students to think seriously about a topic for their graduation thesis or research project. Ideally all students will produce an outline, write their introduction, and make a presentation of their work so far.
In this semester, students will review the topics in the previous semester, going into greater depth. We will go over more basic research essentials. The goal of this semester is for students to continue their research, present their findings, and hand in a short research paper that shows the conclusions of their work.
In this semester, students will review the topics from the previous year from different perspectives, and are encouraged to contribute their own perspectives and topics. We will go over further research essentials, focusing on completing the graduation thesis. The goal of this semester is for students to complete a good amount of their graduation thesis, and make a presentation of their thesis so far.
In this semester, students will focus on completing their research project and graduation thesis. Students will be encouraged to lead discussions of the topics, contributing ideas and knowledge from their own research projects. Students will hand in their graduation thesis, and make a presentation of their findings and conclusions.
I will conduct each class in English and my materials will be in English. Class discussions, presentations, and written work will also be in English. Students are welcome to use sources in other languages, including Japanese. Students are expected to be pro-active in using all their language skills.
This seminar will apply theories and ideas to a variety of real-world situations and 'communities'. The aim is to build research skills that are practical and useful for research at university and after graduation. Students are encouraged to go out and find how to apply knowledge to real-world settings (the work place, teaching others, networking, group work), thinking about how communities can be more effective and inclusive.