Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences Department of Integrated Arts and Sciences
Lecture Code A1000001 Subject Classification Liberal Arts Education (day)
Subject Name 教養ゼミ
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Introductory Seminar for First-Year Students
クワジマ ヒデキ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  1Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1T) Mon5-8:IAS K112
Lesson Style Seminar Lesson Style
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Each lecture will include a discussion time in the second half of the class. So, this class is much similar to an exercise seminar in the classroom.
★In case of re-spread of covid-19, this class will be held in form of Microsoft Teams Online Class (simultaneous interactive). 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 21 : Fundamental Competencies for Working Persons
Course Area(Discipline) 01 : Introductory Seminar for First-Year Students
Eligible Students
Keywords Interdisciplinarity; Synthesis; Creativity:
★The Topic for "Kuwajima Liberal Arts Seminar 2024":
Landscape Aesthetics, or the Narrative Memory of Land/Town: Exploring Art, Museums, and History.

●Let's enjoy an integrated "learning" experience that transcends disciplinary boundaries for university students!
●The keyword for "Kuwajima Liberal Arts Seminar 2024" is Aesthetics, or The Philosopy of Sensibility. 
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Liberal Arts Education
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Serving as basic orientation for students' university education, the aim of the seminar is to stimulate students' intellectual curiosity, foster active, heuristic, explorative learning, and lay the foundations for integrated arts and sciences. To this end, students will learn fundamental research skills and the methods of scientific thought. Students will also undertake "mini research projects" through group-work, enabling them to practice the basic skills they have learned in actual research. 
Class Schedule Session 1 Orientation Camp Training (1)
Session 2 Orientation Camp Training (2)
Session 3 Basic Skills for Studying at University Level (1): Researching - How to Use Libraries Effectively, and the Uses and Pitfalls of the Internet
Session 4 Basic Skills for Studying at University Level (3): Presentations - How to Prepare Materials, and How to Give Presentations
Session 5,6 Mini Research Project through Group-work (1): Identifying Problems and Related Matters, and Deciding Who Will Tackle Each Sub-topic
Session 7,8 Mini Research Project through Group-work (2): Presenting and Collating Individual Research Results
Session 9,10 Mini Research Project through Group-work (3): Collating the Results into a Unified Whole,Preparing Materials for a Presentation
Session 11,12 Mini Research Project through Group-work (4):Overall summary. Making materials for presentation
Session 13,14 Group-work Results Presentation: Joint Presentation by Each Group, and Discussion Session (every group member will prepare and deliver a report)
Session 13,14 Create your own report 
NAGAO, Makoto, 'Wakaru' to wa nani ka ("What does 'Understanding' Mean?"), Iwanami Shinsho, 2001
101 Books Project, Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University, Daigaku Shinnyusei ni Susumeru 101 Satsu no Hon ("101 Books that First-Year University Students Should Read"), Iwanami Shoten, 2005
Hiroshima University 101 Books Project Editorial Committee, Daigaku Shinnyusei ni Susumeru 101 Satsu no Hon - Shinpan ("101 Books that First-Year University Students Should Read - New Edition"), Iwanami Shoten, 2009
Gakushu Gijutsu Kenkyukai (eds.), Chi e no Suteppu - Daigakusei kara no Sutadi-sukiruzu - Dai San Pan ("Steps to Wisdom- Study Skills Ideas from University Students - Third Edition"), Kurosio Publishers, 2011
SATO, Nozomi, Akademikku Sukiruzu - Daigakusei no tame no Chiteki Giho Nyumon - Dai Ni Han ("Academic Skills - Introductory Guide to Intellectual Skills for University Students - Second Edition"), Keio University Press, 2012
SATO, Tomoaki, ANBO, Katsuya, and YAJIMA, Akira, Shinpan Daigaku Manabi no Koto Hajime - Shonenji Semina Wakubukku ("Starting to Study at University - A Seminar Workbook for First-year Students - New Edition"), Nakanishiya Shuppan, 2012 
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Session 1 Try to make a list of the different academic fields that came up during discussions at the Orientation Camp.
Session 2 Talk to friends and students in higher years, and try to make a list of what areas you found particularly interesting, and what kind of learning you hope to achieve while at university.
Session 3 Read some books about research methodology, and think about what information means in relation to research, and about what data collection means in the era of the Internet.
Session 4 Read some books about research methodology, and think about what the best ways of collating data are.
Session 4 Read some books about research methodology, and summarize the important points to focus on when preparing to give a presentation.
Session 5,6 Think about what the main problems facing society today are.
Session 7,8 Do some research on the sub-topic that you were assigned during group-work.
Session 9,10 Collate the information that you researched in an easily understandable form, and do some follow-up research on the aspects that questions were asked about during the presentation, and the aspects that other people found difficult to understand. Think about how the sub-topic that you were assigned relates to the whole, and summarize this relationship in an easy-to-understand way.
Session 11,12 Try to develop a group presentation that is easily understood and impressive.
Session 13,14 Undertake discussion, and think deeply about the topics that are raised in the discussion.
Session 15 Write up a report referencing the discussion of the research topic as a whole. 
Grading Method There will be comprehensive evaluation based on the student's participation in group-work, the contribution made to the presentation session, and the quality of the individual reports. 
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Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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