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Global Communication I


Numbering Code
  • G-GAIS00 54031 SE48
Term 2020/Year-round
Number of Credits 2 credits
Course Type Seminar
Target Year From 1st to 3rd year students
Target Student Graduate
Language English
Day/Period Wed.4
  • Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability, Professor KAWAI ERIKO
Outline and Purpose of the Course As globalization is a fact of life, students must be able to cope and succeed in a changing world by acquiring good communication skills in English and in cross-cultural knowledge.
This course aims to encourage students to develop their skills in English (speaking, listening, writing and reading) as well as in communication, presentation, and negotiation. Cross-cultural differences will be taught to prepare students for work abroad in their fourth year. There will be sessions on theory, together with actual practice in presentation, debate, and negotiation.
To be familiar with international politics and economics, students will be required to read articles in newspapers and magazines and analyze world issues in depth. In addition to these written articles, videos from the internet will frequently be used to improve their comprehension.  
As an aspect of leadership training, teamwork will be encouraged during the class. In addition, guest speakers with outstanding overseas experience will be invited to give lectures and discuss issues with students. This class is designed for those whose TOEFL-IBT scores are below 80.
Course Goals To improve English skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening)
To strengthen understanding of current world issues and cross cultural differences
To give students experience in presenting their research results
Schedule and Contents Presentation skills(1-7)
Study basic presentation skills, including visual aids and non-verbal communication such as voice and body language. Students will be expected to make several presentations including one on their PhD research. Students will learn how to cope with question and answer sessions.

Debate (7-11)
Students will learn debating techniques and will apply them in practice.

Negotiation (12-15)
Students will learn negotiation theory and will practice "role playing".

Global career(16-19)
Students will be encouraged to explore their potential career after graduate school. They will learn how to write a curriculum vitae and a cover letter and how to prepare for job interviews. They will carry out research on the institution at which they aim work and analyze their skills in order to check whether their competency matches the requirements and job description.
Leadership (20-23)
Guest speakers from international organizations and global companies will be invited to give lectures on their own career and provide career advice for students.

Current Affaires: International politics, economics and Finance(24-28)
Read articles in the Japan Times and Newsweek and make summaries. Students will debate current issues such as world politics and trade agreements. Technical terms will be explained. On-line education classes such as the Khan Academy and edX will be used to improve comprehension skills so that students will be able to take lectures in English in the future.

Cross cultural communication (29-30)
Speaking English alone is not enough to work with people from different cultural backgrounds. Students are required to understand basic cultural differences and to apply this knowledge to real-life situations. Using various case studies, students will discuss solutions and present their findings.
Grading Policy ・Class participation(Homework, Tests、Class attendance、Q and A) 50%
・Presentation 30%
・report writing   20%
Prerequisites None
Preparation and Review Homework and preparation will be necessary for this class.
  • No textbook is used. Printed materials will be distributed during the class.