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Department of Global Communications Course Descriptions
Students in this course look for possible solutions to issues on international relations, including international politics and international trade. They also study global issues, such as international security, international order, and the shift of power from developed countries to emerging countries. They also learn about the power of information and roles played by mass media, which are spreading beyond national boundaries.
Students deepen their knowledge through research and discussions. They collect information from various media including books, the internet, social media, TV, and newspapers and discuss various topics with fellow students based on the collected information. They develop their own opinions and a global perspective by repeating these research and discussions.
This course aims to have students learn about international cooperation and contribution and think how to make the world friendly to people and the environment. They acquire knowledge on development aid and activities of NGOs, volunteer organizations, and other international bodies. They thus develop capabilities to think and act on their own to contribute to international society, by supporting refugees or tackling environmental issues, for example.
Students visit developing countries for field work by joining study tours or participating in volunteer activities. They thus discover specific issues, such as poverty, hunger, and problems on education, and think how to solve them.
Global Studies and Communications
Students in this course study histories, cultures, societies, and other aspects of various regions in the world from multiple points of view. In addition to conducting area studies, they learn about globalizing industries including tourism to acquire the capability of interacting with people from various backgrounds.
This course focuses on studies of cultures and societies of people in the world, including histories, ethnicities, and religions. Students in this course also interact with foreign tourists to Japan and carry out other similar activities, which are aimed at learning how to coexist peacefully and respectfully with diverse people.