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 as hints for living and working in their culture. Students can begin to understand, respect, and adjust to the culture, style of communication, and expectations in social behavior and workplace communication in 12 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 1) how to assess their own assumptions from their own culture and adjust to different cultures 2) the key points about each culture presented in class. Students will learn about expected behavior, styles of communication, and practical hints on how to adjust to living and working in each culture presented. 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, understand, and communicate your own cultural assumptions, how your home culture compares with others, and how to assess yourself in the future as you encounter new intercultural situations.
2. You will become familiar with key points of living and working in 12 different cultures as presented by professors from those cultures, and demonstrate your understanding through written responses to each presentation.
3. You will participate in dialogue with the presenters and your classmates to develop curiosity, openness, and flexibility when dealing with different cultures, and the desire to show respect and sensitivity for people's cultural differences.
4. You will practice openness and other skills needed for working in a multicultural team to produce your final project and communicate your results with your classmates.
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

Discussion & Participation Final Video Project Total.
1. 10% 10%
2. 30% 30%
3. 20% 20%
4. 40% 40%
Total. 60% 40% -
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Introduction to the Course
Introduction to Life in Japan
Review material about Japanese culture and brainstorm about adjusting to life in Japan in preparation for group discussion 120分
2. Group Discussion on Adjusting to Life in Japan View and read material related to South Korean culture 120分
3. Introduction to Life in South Korea View and read material related to Vietnamese culture 120分
4. Introduction to Life in Vietnam View and read material related to Turkish culture 120分
5. Introduction to Life in Turkey View and read material related to Italian culture 120分
6. Introduction to Life in Italy View and read material related to Polish culture 120分
7. Introduction to Life in Poland View and read material related to British culture 120分
8. Introduction to Life in the U.K. View and read material related to Indian culture 120分
9. Introduction to Life in India View and read material related to Bangladeshi culture 120分
10. Introduction to Life in Bangladesh View and read material related to Thai culture 120分
11. Introduction to Life in Thailand View and read material related to Malaysian culture 120分
12. Introduction to Life in Malaysia View and read material related to Indonesian culture 120分
13. Introduction to Life in Indonesia Final video project 1090分
14. Final Group Discussion View classmates' video projects in preparation for group discussion 120分
Total. - - 2650分
Goals and objectives (Other Courses)
A:Fundamental Mechanical Engineering B:Advanced Mechanical Engineering C:Environment and Materials Engineering D:Chemistry and Biotechnology E:Electrical Engineering and Robotics G:Advanced Electronic Engineering F:Information and Communications Engineering L:Computer Science and Engineering H:Urban Infrastructure and Environment
Evaluation method and criteria
30% Weekly written responses after each class that show thoughtful interaction with the topics and questions
30% Two in-class group discussions
40% Final project: video that introduces your own culture and other aspects of cultural comparison
To pass this course, students need at least 60% of the total score and passing grade on the completed final project.
Feedback on exams, assignments, etc.
ways of feedback specific contents about "Other"
Feedback in outside of the class (ScombZ, mail, etc.)
Textbooks and reference materials
Various articles, web sites, and videos assigned by speakers as preparation homework before each lecture
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Jimmy Aames
    Office hours: By appointment
  • Tipporn Laohakangvalvit
    Office hours: By appointment
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
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
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