|専門分野||This seminar will focus on current socio-cultural issues that affect Japan and the world beyond. In particular, it will focus on the following issues, many of which are connected to my own research interests: gender, identity, tourism, technology, mass media and education.|
Students in this seminar will explore various socio-cultural issues that occur primarily in other English-speaking cultures and Japan. Weekly readings and discussions will form the basic structure of the zemi, as they are meant to provide students with deeper knowledge about various issues, as well as the opportunity to discuss them with their peers. Students should be prepared to read several articles per week and to discuss them in class; completing the homework and being an active member in the discussions are vital elements for success.
In addition to short research projects, presentations, and discussions, students will also need to choose their own topic based on one of these issues to research for their graduation thesis or project.
All discussions, presentations, and writing will be in English.
In the spring semester, 3rd-year students will be introduced to various socio-cultural issues, both contemporary and traditional, through readings, lectures, and videos. Through exposure to these different issues, students will begin to think seriously about a topic for their graduation project or thesis.
Students will be required to write at least one reflection about a topic discussed in class, and will have to write a short research paper about an issue that they are interested in. Students will also do a short presentation about their research in class.
In the fall semester, 3rd-year students will continue their exploration of socio-cultural issues through further discussions and reflections. As the semester progresses, students will, through consultations and approval from their professor, choose a topic for their graduation project or thesis. They should begin to conduct their research and will present their findings to their classmates toward the end of the term.
In addition, to facilitate the writing of the graduation thesis, more time will be spent on learning about, examining, and completing various small assignments that focus on particular academic writing styles and formatting.
The spring semester will follow a similar program as the 3rd-year spring semester, however, the discussion topics will be different so that both 3rd-year and 4th-year students can participate.
4th-year students will continue to explore their chosen research topic in depth and share their findings with other students through discussions and/or presentations. By the end of the term, students will be ready to begin writing their research papers and putting together their projects.
In the fall semester, 4th year students will complete the writing of their graduation project report or thesis under their professor's guidance. Students working on a graduation project will present their findings and conclusions to their classmates.
Both 3rd- and 4th-year students will be expected to participate in discussions and give advice or other suggestions to their peers, regardless of what stage of research or writing they are currently in. Peer-to-peer interaction will be encouraged throughout this entire course.
Students will be expected to participate and/or lead discussions about various issues, conduct research, write, and give presentations in English. Students should be confident in their abilities to use English for all aspects of the seminar.