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 2016, 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 L1 English: how the sound 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 primarily (although not exclusively) as “I-language’’: a language system internal to the individual and where possible described in terms of rules. This must of course be based on empirical study, which the seminar encourages.

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’ motivation and language teachers’ motivation to teach their target language. 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 a cutting-edge approach to analyzing society that focuses on how different inequalities interact with each other. The main goal is to develop students’ sensitivity towards race, class, gender and sexuality, nationality, and so on, and expose them to the theoretical and empirical works in this growing field.

Cultural Globalization
Daniel WHITE

This seminar uses the lens of culture to investigate how changes taking place on a global scale are transforming our intimate and everyday realities. Through ethnographic fieldwork combined with critical reading and writing, students will bring communities and their problems to life in order to cultivate mutual understanding in an increasingly complex world.

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 of the 2017 seminar 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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