I Want to Experience Joint Fieldwork with Chinese Students
Fiscal Year 2013
LAP (Liberal Arts Program) has hosted various educational programs with the aim of sharing with other parts of the world the results and experience of liberal arts education at the University of Tokyo. Specifically, LAP has hosted Intensive Lecture Series and Theme Lectures at the University of Tokyo and Nanjing University, as well as student exchange programs “One-Week-at-UT Program” (NU → UT) and “Nanjing University Intensive Lecture Series Student Exchange” (UT → NU), which offer an opportunity for students to actively produce knowledge.
Through “One-Week-at-UT Program,” students from Nanjing University are invited to know life at the University of Tokyo firsthand, by experiencing classes at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School. The Program is also an opportunity for students from both schools to conduct joint research, exchange their views on a single topic, and have new discoveries about another culture as well as reflecting upon themselves.
10 NU students and 13 UT students
November 10, 2013 (Sun) to November 17, 2013 (Sun)
● Theme: “Getting to Know Tokyo through Water”
For the academic year 2013, LAP is hosting Theme Lecture “Water”
The above paragraph offers a variety of ways to think about “water.” While it is important to think about “water” from such macro perspectives, things that are closer to our daily lives must also be awash with instances that closely relate to “water.”
With this in mind, we have set the theme of “One-Week-at-UT Program UT-NU Students Joint Research” as “Getting to Know Tokyo through Water.”
Through this joint research, we would like you to think about the role water plays for us in the present day and the cultural significance of water.
● Process of Research
・Set up a sub-theme in each group (Contact with NU students via email)
・Conduct preliminary research based on the sub-theme, decide whom to interview
・Upon NU students' arrival, conduct field research and analysis
・Research presentation (November 15, 4th-5th periods,)
●List of Research Themes (Click on the links to see details of the researches on LAP's Facebook Page)
・Group 1: “How the Japanese Feel Out of the Ordinary in Hotsprings”
・Group 2: “The Water That the Japanese Drink: Why the Japanese Do Not Drink Hot Water”
・Group 3: "Psychological Effect of Water in Japan -- 'Purifying'”
・Group 4: Consumer Habits of Purchasing Water and Their Tendency in Tokyo
Course Offerings for NU Students
SAITO Yoshifumi What is Liberal Arts Education? 11th (Mon)
MARUYAMA Makoto Economics II TAKAHASHI Tetsuya Ethics II ALVEY Nahoko Language and Literature IV TANNO Yoshihiko Psychology II IMAHASHI Eiko Comparative Literature 13th (Wed)
KATO Teruyuki Theme Lecture "Water" -- "Tsunami" 14th (Thu)
YAMABE Akinori Thinking about Liberal Arts for a New Era SAKAI Kuniyoshi Brain- and Neuroscience of Language 14th (Thu)
ISHIMITSU Yasuo Representation and Culture MAEDA Motonari Educational Clinical Psychology HASEBE Yasuo et al. Academic Bird's Eye Lecture "Contour of This Country - Japan's Self-Image" 14th (Thu)
KOIZUMI Hideki Human, the Environment, General Lecture MATSUO Motoyuki Human, the Environment, General Lecture MAFUNE Fumitaka・HARA Kazuyuki Brand Design Studio 8
13th (Wed) AM Visit to Historiographical Institute The University of Tokyo 13th (Wed) PM Visit to ZENSHO HOLDINGS Co., Ltd.
Essay Questions for NU Students after Their Return
After you go back to China, please submit an essay of approximately 3,000 Japanese characters that deals with the following three questions.
1) Describe what you are beginning to understand about “water” through your joint research project.
2) Choose 2 of the lectures you attended in Tokyo and discuss your views referring to what you heard in those lectures.
3) Write your reflections and opinions about the “One-Week-at-UT Program” as a whole.
- One-Week-at-UT ProgramFiscal Year 2013 Schedule