SCOPE (Sustainability Co-Creation Programme)

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LIN200LA(言語学 / Linguistics 200)
Intercultural Communication D


Class code etc
Faculty/Graduate school SCOPE (Sustainability Co-Creation Programme)
Attached documents
Year 2023
Class code E1809
Previous Class code
Previous Class title
Term 春学期授業/Spring
Day/Period 木3/Thu.3
Class Type
Campus 市ヶ谷
Classroom name 市BT‐0801
Grade 1~4
Credit(s) 2
Notes ※Only a certain number of students
Open Program
Open Program (Notes)
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers (Notes)
Class taught by instructors with practical experience
Urban Design CP
Diversity CP
Learning for the Future CP
Carbon Neutral CP
Chiyoda Campus Consortium
Category 基礎科目/Liberal Arts Courses
言語教育分野/Language Education
リベラルアーツ科目/Upper Division Liberal Arts Courses

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Outline and objectives

In this course, we start by discussing how arts facilitate learning, especially of current social issues related to equity, diversity, and social justice in the globalized world today. You are invited to become part of this learning community sharing your cultural and social knowledge and experience while learning from others of all majors enrolled in this course. You will experience various forms of art incorporated into social activism calling for social and ecological justice. Through this experience, you will understand social, cultural, political, and historical backgrounds associated with the given activism. Your learning will be facilitated through the modeling by the instructor as well as through peer teaching. We will also collaboratively research, discuss, and learn about non-violent peace activists from various cultures and ethnic groups in the world. This will provide you with an opportunity to consider a method and option of acting and relating to others with respect, empathy, and compassion within and across cultural borders.


In this course, you will: 1) understand and appreciate artistic expressions of equity and cultural diversity, 2) understand social activism behind artistic expressions, and 3) participate in an arts-based approach to social justice issues. You will also reflect on your own reactions to issues of equity and diversity and consider how this learning may influence your values, identities, and worldview in relation to your major field of study.

Default language used in class

英語 / English

Method(s)(学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )

Before class you are required to work on some reading assignments. In class we study new material, complete relevant tasks in pairs or small groups, and share your discussion with the class. You are encouraged to actively participate in group work and problem-based learning (PBL). Feedback will be given orally in interaction throughout the course. Written feedback will also be provided for your writing and oral presentations within a week of your assignment submission.

Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)

あり / Yes

Fieldwork in class

なし / No


授業形態/methods of teaching:対面/face to face



Course information, getting to know each other

2[オンライン/online]:Learning language from/with art

Learning about social activism from poetry, Marshall Rosenberg

3[オンライン/online]:Poetry - 1, social activism

Developing multicultural identities through poetry, Mother Teresa

4[オンライン/online]:Poetry - 2, social activism

Appreciating poetry writing, Mahatoma & Katurabai Gandhi

5[対面/face to face]:Film, social activism

Film for art and social justice, Nelson Mandela

6[対面/face to face]:Stories/Story-telling, social activism

Narratives for equity and diversity, Mairead Corrigan McGuire & Betty Williams

7[対面/face to face]:Artistic creativity in peace linguistics, social activism

Language and peace, H. H. The Dalai Lama

8[対面/face to face]:Music - 1, social activism

Social activism through music, social activist (TBA)

9[対面/face to face]:Music - 2, social activism

Social activism through music, Peter Benenson

10[対面/face to face]:Children's literature,

Art and social justice in picture books, Sister Chan Khong

11[対面/face to face]:Folk tales

Peace education via kamishibai theater,
Cesar Chavez

12[対面/face to face]:Novels

Social/ecological justice through literature, Meena Keshwar Kamal

13[対面/face to face]:Speeches

Equity and diversity expressed in a speech, social activist (TBA)

14[対面/face to face]:Wrap-up

Reflection and your artistic expression

Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)

You should complete assigned reading and/or homework ahead of time and come to class ready for discussion. Review your lesson after class and complete reflective writing when assigned.
For your presentations, develop a peer teaching session on artistic expressions of diversity or equity issues (micro teaching) and creative multi-media talk on a social activist of your choice (mini-research presentation). Prepare a presentation and discussion appealing and engaging for your peers and rehearse it to be effective.
University guidelines suggest the preparation and review time of around two hours a week for a two-credit course like this one.


Censor, Meera. (2011). Humanitarians for justice, nonviolence, and peace. San Bernadino, California.


Other readings will be distributed through the course website, Google Classroom. Handouts and resources related to the course content are to be provided in class or made available in Google Classroom as well.

Grading criteria

You will receive a formal assessment of your work at the end of the term. The grade on a late assignment may be lowered. You will be graded on:

1) Attendance and participation (20%)
2) Micro teaching and mini research presentations (50%)
4) Online reactive writing (16%)
5) Final reflection (14%)

Regular attendance is essential in order to benefit from the interactive nature of this course. You will not be able to pass this course if you miss more than three class periods a semester except in extreme circumstances.

Changes following student comments

Message to the course participants:
This is a relatively new course that requires you to share your ideas, knowledge, and experiences. You will meet interesting peers from various cultures and learn from working with them as well as the instructor.
This course is conducted in English. Students must be competent speakers of English (native or proficient with TOEFL® iBT 81+ or equivalent). If your scores are TOEFL® iBT 81 - 100, you can take this course but be ready to make a little more thorough preparation each week.
I expect international and Japanese students of all majors to work collaboratively despite their different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Come with an open mind and learn from each other!

Equipment student needs to prepare

Become familiar with the course website to download readings and post your work. You are also expected to check your university email on a daily basis to keep up with course announcements.


Depending on the pandemic situation and your preferences, the course delivery method may change. Please check announcements on Hoppii before the start of the course and Google Classroom during the semester.