This course has three interrelated purposes. The first is to help students learn some essential elements of Japanese psychology and culture, and their implications for communication patterns of Japanese people both among themselves and in intercultural settings. The second is to help students to examine both difficulties/challenges and excitements/joys of intercultural communication by learning key concepts and issues of intercultural communication. The third is to facilitate both Japanese and international students’ on-going intercultural communication both by increasing self-awareness of how their respective cultures affect their communication patterns and by arranging them to learn to work together successfully on group projects which will serve as testing grounds for their intercultural communication.
Message to Those Taking This Course:
You are strongly encouraged to do risk-taking by sharing your opinions and feelings. Thus contributing to class by active participation in pairwork, group work and class discussion is a must, as the instructor believes that students learn a great deal from their classmates. As group projects, a major source for students’ satisfaction, take so much time and energy in and outside of class, students’ commitment is essential here. And your input to make this class better and interesting is always welcome by the instructor.
To be based on the combination of Reports and Attendance and Class participation including oral presentation.