GIS

Academics

Seminars

Overview

Third and fourth-year students can choose from a variety of seminar options, each of which maximizes understanding of its field of study and offers individual research and project work under the instructor’s close supervision. From academic year 2018, GIS offers the following seminars.

British Culture and Literature
Mitsutoshi SOMURA

While the world admires Britain for its tradition and culture, its cultural expressions today are largely influenced by ethnicity, class, race, religion, and youth, and these are controversial issues because of the diversity of identities. Accordingly, students in this seminar adopt an interdisciplinary approach to culture and learn how to read and appreciate literary works
aided by critical terms and theories.

The Diversity of English
Yutai WATANABE

English, once only spoken in the British Isles, has been spread around the world, while at the same time it has been developing a wide range of regional and social variations. This seminar focuses on distinctive features
of the “lesser-known varieties” of English: how the pronunciation of NZ English differs from that of Australian English, for example. We also shed light on the use of English as a lingua franca in international business, education, and pop culture.

Writing and Magazine Production
Michael BETTRIDGE

This seminar guides students through “real-world” writing examples and exercises for magazine writing and production. The students produce original works based on course writing assignments, which include
advertisements and reviews, interviews and feature articles. Students edit all course work for inclusion in the student-designed seminar Journal-Magazine.

Language in the Mind
Peter EVANS

“Language in the Mind” lets students consider all aspects of language, viewed where possible as internal to the individual but wherever appropriate backed up with evidence from language corpora (systematically
collected and helpfully tagged examples of the language in actual use). For convenience, we concentrate on English; but other languages make appearances too.

Language Teaching and Learning
Machiko KOBORI

Our seminar will explore effective teaching and learning in language education: it focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of language learners’ and teachers’ motivation. Different approaches are provided towards
understanding the issues involved. It gives an insight into a wide range of perspectives on and strategies for how to elicit language learners’ motivation and maintain it, and how language teachers see their careers and how it affects their students’ acquisition of languages.

Self and Culture
Yu NIIYA

This seminar explores two fundamental topics in social psychology. First, it examines how the pursuit of self-esteem can incur various costs to oneself and others. Second, it explores the mutual influence of culture and
the self. Students learn how our thinking and behavior differ by culture, but also learn to think beyond the simplistic idea of the collectivistic East versus the individualistic West.

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Intersectionality
Diana KHOR

“Intersectionality” is an indispensable approach to analyzing inequalities that pays attention to how different inequalities relate to — “intersect” with — one another. In this seminar, grounded in sociology, students will critically examine the theory and research informed by intersectionality, engage in intersectional
analysis, develop sensitivity to issues related to race, class, gender and sexuality, nationality and other inequalities, and consider how inequalities can be reduced.

International Relations A
Hiromi FUJISHIGE

This seminar covers a wide variety of issues in the field of international relations, ranging from core theories to the power struggles between major powers, Japan’s
foreign policy, and to peace and development studies. Moreover, it also extends its academic interests to other areas, such as religion, information technology, and gender. We also have more concept-oriented discussions, for example, on democracy and human rights.

International Relations B
Takeshi YUZAWA

This seminar examines major questions in international relations. The theme is “prospects for a world order in the 21st century”. And it will mainly investigate: 1) shifts in power distribution among major states, 2) prospects for international institutions and global governance, 3) the rise of non-state actors in world politics, and 4) competition among differing norms and values, such as democracy, capitalism, human rights, and self-determination.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Shiaw Jia EYO

“Entrepreneurship and Innovation” is a growing economic doctrine that positions knowledge, technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation at the center of the economic model. In this seminar, students learn through case studies how firms use innovation
to create new products, new markets, new organizations, new business models, and new industries.

Global Strategic Management
Takamasa FUKUOKA

This seminar is designed for students who are interested in strategy and management in international business, and covers various fields such as intercultural communication, negotiation, and brand management. Students have opportunities to visit companies, do joint research and otherwise collaborate with companies and local governments, and participate in a business contest.

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Tourism Management
John MELVIN

Adopting a lens of sustainability, the Tourism Management seminar considers the management and marketing of tourism. Combining analysis of seminal research with a range of domestic and international case studies from a range of destinations, students will gain insights into the factors driving tourism development. The seminar covers several areas, including destination  marketing, events, culinary tourism, and visitor attraction management.