Course title
Course description
This course is conducted completely in English.

In this omnibus course, each week a different professor in the Innovative Global Program introduces some aspects of their native country and culture. Students can begin to understand and respect the culture, style of communication, and expectations in social behavior and workplace communication in 13 different cultures.
Purpose of class
This course is designed to prepare students to work in international teams as students, laboratory researchers, and engineers in their future careers.
Students will begin to learn how to assess their own assumptions from their own culture and the key points about each culture they study.
They will learn basic sociological frameworks for understanding diversity in the world, expected behavior and styles of communication, and hints on how to adjust to living and working in another culture.
Ultimately, the goal is to begin to understand positive points about each culture, develop respect for diversity, openness to a variety of people, and some strategies for living in other cultures.
Goals and objectives

Goals and objectives Course Outcomes
1. You will begin to reflect upon and understand your own cultural assumptions and how to assess yourself in the future as you encounter new cultural situations.
B
2. You will become familiar with key points in terms of living and working in 13 different cultures as presented by professors from those cultures.
B
3. You will participate in dialog and begin a process of realizing the need to adjust to another society's expectations in terms of different styles of behavior, communication, socializing, and working.
B
4. You will communicate your learning process as you have the opportunity to develop curiosity, openness, and flexibility when dealing with different cultures, and the desire to show respect and sensitivity for people's cultural differences.
B
Language
English
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Introduction to the Course
Assessing your own cultural assumptions, biases, and expectations in behavior and communication
Overview of Comparative Cultural Theories
Meeting different cultural expectations in communication
Reading & exercises on intercultural communication 180分
Writing short response paper 120分
2. Introduction to Life in Japan Homework: Reading & viewing material before class 100分
Writing short response paper 120分
3. Introduction to Life in South Korea Homework: Reading & viewing material before class 60分
Writing short response paper 60分
4. Introduction to Life in China Homework: Reading & viewing material before class 60分
Writing short response paper 60分
5. Introduction to Life in France Homework: Reading & viewing material before class 60分
Writing short response paper 60分
6. Introduction to Life in Italy Homework: Reading & viewing material before class 60分
Writing short response paper 60分
7. Introduction to Life in Poland Homework: Reading & viewing material before class 60分
Writing short response paper 60分
8. Introduction to Life in India Homework: Reading & viewing material before class 60分
Writing short response paper 60分
9. Introduction to Life in Bangladesh Homework: Reading & viewing material before class 60分
Writing short response paper 60分
Writing a summary essay on what you have learned thus far. 180分
10. Introduction to Life in Vietnam Homework: Reading & viewing material before class 60分
Writing short response paper 60分
11. Introduction to Life in Thailand Homework: Reading & viewing material before class 60分
Writing short response paper 60分
12. Introduction to Life in Malaysia Homework: Reading & viewing material before class 60分
Writing short response paper 60分
13. Introduction to Life in Indonesia Homework: Reading & viewing material before class 60分
Writing short response paper 60分
Writing draft of Final Reports 240分
14. Introduction to Life in New Zealand Homework: Reading & viewing material before class 60分
Writing short response paper 60分
Writing Final Reports 270分
15.
Total. - - 2650分
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

Discussion & Participation Summary Essay Final Report Total.
1. 10% 5% 10% 25%
2. 10% 5% 10% 25%
3. 10% 0% 0% 10%
4. 10% 10% 20% 40%
Total. 40% 20% 40% -
Evaluation method and criteria
40% In-class participation & discussion & short comment papers after each class that show thoughtful interaction with the topics and questions
20% Summary essay on what you have learned about comparing cultures from the journey through the first ten cultures
40% Final written report that reflects on personal strategies for adjusting to different cultures and self-assessment of your changes in thinking through the course
Textbooks and reference materials
Reference materials:
Myer E. (2014). The Culture Map: Decoding how people think, lead, and get things done across cultures. Public Affairs.
Deerdorff D, Arasaratnam-Smith LA. (2017). Intercultural Competence in Higher Education: International Approaches, Assessment, and Application. Routledge.
Various articles, web sites, videos assigned by speakers as preparation homework before each lecture.
Prerequisites
None
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • office hours: to be announced
  • drned@shibaura-it.ac.jp
Regionally-oriented
Regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates a basic interpersonal skills
Active-learning course
Most classes are interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicable
N/A N/A
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
  • 10.REDUCED INEQUALITIES
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