Intercultural collaborative learning
Since 2000, Chiba University has promoted collaborative learning between international and local students by opening courses on Japanese culture and society, initially designed for international students, to local students. In 2013, the university launched Japanese studies (JS) courses. These courses are taught in English only or in both English and Japanese to bolster intercultural collaborative learning. Since 2020, these Japanese studies courses have become international subjects (extended) in general education.
Intercultural collaborative learning is a dialogue-based learning approach. It values participants' linguistic and cultural diversity to maximize their synergy. Chiba University's courses on Japanese culture and society and Japanese studies courses do not merely teach basic knowledge about Japan. These subjects enable diverse learners to gain novel and profound insights about various phenomena through dialogue-based, task-based learning. In the era of globalization, we encourage learners to acquire critical thinking, intercultural communication, and generic problem-solving skills.
Study Japan in Japanese
The following subjects are offered primarily by the Center for International Education as international subjects (extended) in general education. In these courses, participants engage in intercultural collaborative learning in Japanese. (The course list below is as of April 2023.)
Understanding Cultural Relations between Modern Japan and China 1・2
Keyword indicating the Japanese spiritual mind and traditional culture A・B
The Japanese image seen from foreign country ／Japan A・B
History of a cultural exchange in Japan and Asia A・B