For Students Entered in or after AY2008
|GEX001 J,E||UNIT:3 EVERY TERM|
X: Introduction to Christianity
The basic concepts of the Christian faith. The study, based on the Bible, is directed toward understanding Christianity's theological significance in relation to various fields of modern culture. Required of all students seeking a degree. Language of instruction differs by term or section.
|GEH001 E||UNIT:3 WINTER|
H1: Mingei- Japanese Folk Art
Especially designed to give an appreciation and understanding of mingei (Japanese folkcrafts), emphasizing the esthetics of the objects and their functional role through looking at the style of life and spiritual attitudes of the people who made and used them. The history of mingei and its modern revival are discussed
|GEH002 J||UNIT:3 SPRING|
H1: The World of Art
A topical survey of how art history and archaeology contribute to the study of material culture and human civilization. Examples from eastern and western cultures, from prehistory.
|GEH011 J||UNIT:3 SPRING|
H1: Music and Society (A)
This course inquires into the relationship of music, or sound in general, to society, and reviews the role of music and its raison d'etre in the social activities of humankind. The topics are chosen mainly from Western traditions of music.
(Offered Alternate Year)
|GEH012 E||UNIT:3 AUTUMN|
H1: Music and Society (B)
This course inquires into a diversity of viewpoints for understanding the meaning of ethnic music to humans, taking an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to this field. Offered in English. The topics are chosen mainly from non-Western traditions of music.
(Offered Alternate Year)
|GEH013 J||UNIT:3 SPRING|
H1: The World of Music (A)
This course is designed to deepen understanding of basic knowledge that will help students enhance their appreciation of music. The course examines various examples of musical compositions chosen mainly from the repertory of the European tradition, discussing the aspects that feature their musical styles with emphasis on history and social climate. Works of Japanese and non-Western traditions are also cited as necessary.
(Offered Alternate Year)
|GEH014 E||UNIT:3 AUTUMN|
H1: The World of Music (B)
This course is designed to deepen understanding of basic knowledge that will help students enhance their appreciation of music. Various examples of musical compositions chosen mainly from the repertory of the Japanese and Eastern traditions are examined with emphasis on the aspects that feature their musical styles in relation to history and social climate. Works of the European tradition are cited as necessary in comparison. Offered in English.
(Offered Alternate Year)
|GEH021 J||UNIT:3 AUTUMN|
H1: The World of Classics
The classical heritage of Western culture and its significance for the modern world, with special reference to the Greek understanding of humankind. Studied through interpretation of the masterpieces of Greek tragedy.
|GEH022 J||UNIT:3 SPRING|
H1: The World of Literature (A)
This course aims to examine a variety of literary representations of issues such as self, body and sexuality by applying contemporary literary theories, especially through the perspective of gender.
|GEH023 J||UNIT:3 SPRING|
H1: The World of Literature (B)
Correlating literature with the representation of image art, this course encourages students to deepen their understanding of the specificity that accompanies literary usage of language, exposing them to a diversity of viewpoints for interpreting the world pragmatically.
|GEH024 E||UNIT:3 WINTER|
H1: The World of Literature (C)
This course examines the ways of understanding human beings through the use of narrative metaphor in dreams, fairy tales and wisdom stories.
|GEH025 J||UNIT:3 AUTUMN|
H1: The World of Literature (D)
Exposed to basic knowledge of contemporary theories on culture and literature, students are expected to gain an understanding of approaches and techniques indispensable in literary appreciation and deepen their understanding of Japanese classical literature.
|GEH031 J||UNIT:3 WINTER|
H1: The World of Philosophy
Sources of the various trends in modern philosophy are traced and the main problems of philosophy are examined with historical and comprehensive aspects.
|GEH041 J||UNIT:3 SPRING|
H2: Language Education
This course focuses on the teaching and learning of languages with discussions of the methods of teaching languages, learning strategies and language education around the world.
(Offered Alternate Year)
|GEH042 J/E||UNIT:3 WINTER|
H2: Languages and Cultures of the World
This course introduces general knowledge about various languages of the world and their cultures so that the students are able to look at their own language and culture from a new perspective by recognizing varieties in the world.A general framework for studying language and culture will be introduced by the instructor in charge as a basis for the study, and then linguistic and cultural characteristics of specific languages will be introduced by native speakers under the supervision of the chief instructor.Spanish, German , Russian, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Quechua, Hawaiian, etc. will be introduced. (Languages to be introduced may vary depending on circumstances.)
|GEH043 E||UNIT:3 AUTUMN|
This course adopts a cognitive linguistics approach to the study of language and mind. The central aims are to develop an appreciation for the nature of conceptual metaphor and to explore what this reveals about the intricacies of the human mind.
(Offered Alternate Year)
|GEH044 E||UNIT:3 SPRING|
H2: The World of Sign Languages
The sign language is a preeminent human language on a par with oral language; it thus has its structure and function in society. This course is designed to introduce student to the fascinating world of sign languages, using Japanese sign language and American sign language as models, in order to explore the nature of sign language through its use by the deaf and its acquisition by humans and nonhuman primates.
(Offered Alternate Year)
|GEH045 J||UNIT:3 WINTER|
H2: World of English, English of the World
This course introduces basic knowledge and analysis methods of modern linguistics, applying them to the English language to help students learn what research topics about English are possible.
(Offered Alternate Year)
|GEH051 J||UNIT:3 AUTUMN|
H2: Behavioral Sciences and Humanistic Sciences (A)
Students are expected to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of human behavior and various cues so as to consider the human nature and social life as revealed by recent development in the behavioral and humanistic science. This course aims to examine various issues such as perception, motivation and stress that underline human behavior.
|GEH052 E||UNIT:3 WINTER|
H2: Behavioral Sciences and Humanistic Sciences (B)
Students are expected to acquire psychological knowledge and approaches in this course. This course encourages them to examine how these knowledge and approaches are applied to the categories of plan, action and assessment in various fields such as education, peace and environment.
|GEH053 E||UNIT:3 WINTER|
H2: Environmental Psychology
Using a variety of instructional techniques including practicums whenever possible, this course seeks to examine the reciprocal relationships between human beings and their physical, social, and cultural environments as revealed by the newly-emerging interdisciplinary field of environmental psychology.
(Offered Alternate Year)
|GEH061 J||UNIT:2 WINTER|
H2: Holistic Approach to Karada (Human Body)
Aimed at enabling students to gain a greater appreciation of their own bodies, the evolution of life, the transition of nature, the development of the world and how to lead a healthy human life.
|GEH062 E||UNIT:3 SPRING|
H2: Visualizing Japan in the Modern World
We will examine visual representations of Japan in the modern world from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries. We will study visual materials in a range of genres-prints, engravings, photographs, fine art, commercial art, propaganda, postcards, cartoons, films, etc. Much of the material is available at http://visualizingcultures.mit.edu. (This course is to be offered for two years starting from AY2013 in commemoration of ICU's 60th Anniversary.)
|GES001 J,E||UNIT:3 AUTUMN+WINTER|
S1: Economy and Economics
Lectures on how economics theories have constructed their analytical frameworks to explain individual economic behavior and the mechanism of national and international economy, and deduced their policy implications. Languages of instruction differs by term.
|GES002 J||UNIT:3 AUTUMN|
S1: Capitalism and Society
The subject of this course is °»money,°… not in the sense of making money but in the sense of asking what money is. Money plays a central role in capitalist society we now live in. But it is surprisingly elusive to define. This course traces the history of thoughts on money and its relations with community, exchanges, markets, and profits since ancient times to the present. Indeed, money is the simplest social entity that mediates human intercourses, and the study of money is the best introduction to the study of more complex social entities such as rights, power, and language. The ultimate purpose of this course is to present humanities and social sciences, i.e., Human Sciences, as °»sciences°… of these social entities, distinct from natural sciences and biological sciences that deal with physical matters and life substance.
|GES007 E||UNIT:3 AUTUMN|
S1: Issues in International Relations
Course provides a critical review of selected issues in contemporary international relations.
|GES008 E||UNIT:3 WINTER|
S1: Religion and Global Politics
Course examines the influence of religion on global politics.
|GES009 J||UNIT:3 SPRING|
S1: Debates in International Relations
Based on the basic knowledge of contending theories of international relations reviewed in the course, students are encouraged to develop their critical thinking skills through policy debate on the current topics of Japan's international relations.
|GES011 J||UNIT:3 SPRING|
S1: Political Science (A)
Aimed at acquiring basic knowledge about principles and institutions of contemporary democratic politics. To examine the reflection of democratic philosophy and principles in the actual political system, its operational functions, and institutional dynamics.
|GES012 J||UNIT:3 WINTER|
S1: Political Science (B)
Aimed at deepening understanding of a variety of fundamental political concepts and examining the complexity and importance of politics in reality.
|GES013 E||UNIT:3 SPRING|
S1: Political Science (C)
Politics is all around us, in the media and in daily life. Often it's difficult to make sense of all the different actors, their fandamental ideas, their ambitions, their speeches, laws and provisions, their goals, and the short-term and long-term consequences. This course wants to provide a structure and an analytical framework developed by political scientists over the last two-thousand years.
(Offered Alternate Year)
|GES019 J||UNIT:3 AUTUMN|
S1: Japanese Constitutional Law
Aimed at understanding the general outline of the Japanese government and politics in structure and operation, on the basis of the provisions of the Japanese Constitution.
|GES024 J||UNIT:3 AUTUMN|
S1: Sign, Thought and Culture
This course provides an introduction to cultural and semiotic anthropology with special emphasis on human activities of °∆symbolizing°« and °∆interpreting°« the outer world. The course aims to examine the aspects that feature human culture from the perspectives of anthropology and cultural studies.
|GES025 E||UNIT:3 SPRING|
S1: Globalization and Society
This course will examine the social impact of globalization-how globalizations affect people's lives and societies from the perspectives of employment, gender, development, and migration. The course also aims to analyze the benefits and challenges in industrialized and developing countries.
|GES026 E||UNIT:3 AUTUMN|
S1: Society and Culture
This course aims to examine a variety of social and cultural issues analytically as well as critically. Focusing mainly on Japanese culture and society, this course requires students to read books written on topics such as groupism, communication, government bureaucracy, environmental protection, the education system, gender relations, internationalization, and/or political culture. Students will write short papers, participate in discussion, and make a group presentation.
|GES027 E/J||UNIT:3 SPRING|
S1: New Media and Society in Everyday Life
The course explores the implications of new information and communication technologies for society and individuals. How do we adopt web, mobile and other communication media into our daily lives? How do such new media influence our perception of the world and social relationships? The course further explores how cultural differences shape our experience with communication technologies.
|GES032 J,E||UNIT:3 AUTUMN+WINTER|
Characteristics of historical studies, seen through their relationship with other fields of study, especially the humanities and social sciences. Languages of instruction differs by term.
|GES033 E||UNIT:3 WINTER|
£”2: Global Environmental History
This course seeks to introduce students to the study of history through an examination of the different and changing ways humans have defined their relationship with the natural environment. (This course is to be offered for three years starting from AY2013 in commemoration of ICU's 60th Anniversary.)
|GES034 E||UNIT:3 AUTUMN|
S2: History of Liberal Arts
ICU is well known as the pioneer liberal arts university in Japan. But what is meant by ""the liberal arts""? This course will introduce students to the history and present-day implications and significance of a liberal arts education. Beginning with Socrates, the course will trace the evolution of liberal learning (as a distinctive approach to education) through the European middle ages up to the present day. (This course is to be offered for three years starting from AY2013 in commemoration of ICU's 60th Anniversary.)
|GES037 E||UNIT:3 AUTUMN|
S2: Finance, the Environment and Emerging Markets
This course introduces the student to the world of finance and global capital markets. Emphasis is placed on relating finance to environmental issues and emerging economies.
|GES038 J/E||UNIT:3 WINTER|
S2: International Business and International Relations
This course analyzes the international and interactive process of corporate strategy and international politico-economy. Theories of multinational business will be presented and then the possibility of integrating them into the international political-economic models will be discussed.
|GES039 J||UNIT:3 SPRING|
S2: Statistical Information Literacy
To learn the basic skill of data analysis for studying the social sciences. Lectures on the rudiments of statistics, sampling methods and data processing methods. Students use Computers during the course.
|GES045 J/E||UNIT:2 SPRING|
S2: Introduction to Service-Learning
In order to motivate students to service-learning activities such as community service-learning, international service-learning or work camp, various activities of ICU, NGOs, community and international organizations will be introduced, and prepare the students for meaningful service activities.
|GES051 J/E||UNIT:3 SPRING|
S2: Media and Cultural Signs
The course examines how meaning is socially constructed through media. Semiotic analysis allows us to reveal the meanings of various signs which we may overlook in everyday life and to open up the possibility of different interpretation.
|GES057 E/J||UNIT:3 SPRING|
S2: Education Projects for Global and Social Change
This course will challenge students to think about their present and future role as global citizens in shaping global society through education and facilitate education project planning and implementation. Off-campus seminars will be organized at institutions such as UNICEF, JICA, and local NGOs to provide students with an opportunity to learn about other examples of education projects. Students will work in groups to plan and implement an education project to effect global/social change.
|GES062 E||UNIT:3 AUTUMN|
S2: Issues in Peace
This course expects students to deepen their understanding of a variety of issues concerning peace, violence and world order. Discussing the issues extensively as well as individually, this course will examine interdisciplinary and experimental approaches to peace.
|GES063 J||UNIT:3 SPRING|
S2: Peace Research
Aimed at enabling a deeper understanding of the problems of peace, violence and world order, on the basis of full recognition of the reality of the violent world as expressed in such forms as war, poverty and oppression. Included is a proposal for peace from a fresh perspective.
|GES069 J/E||UNIT:3 SPRING|
S2: Introduction to American Studies
Through an inter-disciplinary approach to contemporary issues of American society such as ethnicity, feminism, Japan-American relationships, etc., an orientation to American studies will be given. According to each subject, special guests from various disciplines, including ICU faculty and visiting professors, will be invited.
|GES070 J/E||UNIT:3 SPRING|
S2: Invitation to Asian Studies
This course aims to analyze contemporary changes in Asia through an interdisciplinary approach. The course is taught by several instructors who have done research on Asia in various fields, so that students can discuss Asia from different perspectives.
|GES076 E||UNIT:3 WINTER|
S2: Culture, Gender and Health
This course's purpose is to examine from a multidiciplinary perspective the interrelations between culture, gender and health. In particular it will examine the ways in which cultural ideas and values can have a profound impact on an individual's health. Special attention will be given to HIV-AIDS in the comtemporary world, ideas regarding it cause, the situation of those ill with it and the future of the epidemic.
|GES077 J/E||UNIT:3 SPRING|
S2: Gender in Everyday Life
Team-taught, interdisciplinary and deligned as an inquiry into gender studies, this course seeks to make students participants in considering the role of gender relations. In alternating years the focus will be changed.
|GES078 J||UNIT:2 AUTUMN|
S2: Gender Issues and Christian Spirituality
This course is designed to provide theoretical and topical frameworks for understanding gender issues pertaining to our society, through dialoguing with theological interpretations of the Biblical texts. Analyzing Biblical resources from a gender aware perspective we will search for the essential factors contributing to cause gender issues in our society and then we will try to get a prospect and a way so that men and women may create right relationships in every sphere of our life.
|GES084 J||UNIT:3 AUTUMN|
S2: Science, Technology and Society
To study the relations of ST with society from various aspects, such as accountability of researchers, responsibility of journalism, ST policy and so on.
|GES091 J||UNIT:3 SPRING|
S2: Human Rights and Journalism
An integrated overview of the link between human rights and the media, local and international conditions and laws, the activity of journalism and its problems.
|GES092 J/E||UNIT:3 SPRING|
S2: Environmental Studies
This course seeks to promote the sort of environment literacy necessary for cultivation of responsible global citizens. It seeks to help students understand the basic relationship between humans and the natural environment and introduces pressing issues, ranging from environmental pollution, global warming, conservation of biological diversity, and extending to the relationship between the environment and societal changes. It encourages students to envision what they can do to promote environmental health and sustainability.
|GES093 E/J||UNIT:2 AUTUMN|
In this course, students will become familiar with principles, values and practices of sustainable development as well as numerous theories predicting resource depletion and environmental disaster.
|GEN001 J/E||UNIT:3 SPRING|
N1: Life Science (A)
This is a collaborative course that aims to promote understanding of how biologists conduct their research based on the fundamental knowledge of this field introduced in the course.
|GEN002 J||UNIT:3 AUTUMN|
N1: Life Science (B)
With emphasis on ethology, especially its recent developments in biology, this course aims to enhance understanding of life and its nature. This course also examines the relation of ethology to other non-natural science fields.
|GEN011 J||UNIT:3 SPRING|
N1: Foundations and Concepts of Physics (A)
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of physics, providing a basis for understanding the background of the attempts that this field has made to solve the mechanism of natural phenomena. This course will also cover basic knowledge for understanding technology of contemporary society.
|GEN012 E||UNIT:3 AUTUMN|
N1: Foundations and Concepts of Physics (B)
This course is designed to examine the foundation and principles of physics from a historical perspective. Providing an overview of the cutting-edge knowledge of science, this course also examines how one's perception of the physical-material universe may affect one's philosophical viewpoint.
|GEN013 J||UNIT:3 SPRING|
N1: The Chemical Basis of Nature (A)
This course provides a balanced approach for understating natural and artificial worlds based on basic knowledge of chemistry. It is designed to enhance understanding of the development of modern chemistry and chemical technology as well as problems they have generated, helping students grow into citizens in a democratic society able to act on their initiative and judgment regarding chemical and technical policies.
|GEN014 J||UNIT:3 WINTER|
N1: The Chemical Basis of Nature (B)
Aimed to deepen understanding of natural and artificial worlds from the perspective of basic chemistry, this course reviews chemistry historically and examine this field in relation to environmental issues, the universe and life.
|GEN021 E||UNIT:3 WINTER|
N1: Computers and Human Interaction
The role of computers in the electronic age raises many questions regarding applicability, usefulness and limitations, and the relationship to different facet of life. Computers are seen in contemporary perspective as they relate to all aspects of society.
|GEN023 E/J||UNIT:3 SPRING|
N1: Introduction to Computer Science
Fundamental concepts in computer science and their development in the past half century will be discussed in both practical and theoretical aspects, emphasizing their impact on the society, science and technology.
|GEN024 J||UNIT:3 WINTER|
N1: Mathematical Methods in Science
Mathematics is an indispensable tool in modern science. In this lecture, studying calculus, linear algebra and related topics from the beginning, students are expected to understand the methods of mathematics. The prerequisite is the first year mathematics in Japanese high school. (Enrollment will be limited to non-natural science majors.)
|GEN025 J||UNIT:3 AUTUMN|
N1: World of Mathematics
Through topics from various fields of mathematics, students are invited to the world do mathematics. Topics depend on the lecturer and are chosen among mathematics of combinatorics, history of calculus, algebraic methods in geometry and others. The details will be given in the syllabus.
|GEN031 J||UNIT:2 AUTUMN|
N2: Experimental Approach to Natural Science
To understand nature and learn scientific methods through experiments in the fields of physics, chemistry and biology. Lecture (explanation, presentation and discussion) and laboratory.
|GEN041 J/E||UNIT:3 AUTUMN|
N1: Senior Integrating Seminar in Natural Sciences
A study of the characteristics and interrelationships of the different branches of the natural sciences and mathematics, and their relation to other disciplines. Small group study of important books on these topics, special lectures and general discussion. Course for senior students who have already taken more than two foundation courses of the natural science majors.
|GEN051 J||UNIT:2 AUTUMN|
N2: Food Science
Food is important in our everyday lives not only for nutrition but as a part of the culture in each local area. A biological and chemical understanding of food components is essential, and chemical understanding is necessary for preservation and processing of food. The course explains basic components of food, fermented food, processed food, taste, color, aroma, and texture of food, with special emphasis on seafood.
|GEN052 J||UNIT:2 WINTER|
N2: History of Science
This course is designed to promote understanding of the history and development of natural science and mathematics. Course for junior and senior students.
|GEN053 J||UNIT:2 SPRING|
N2: Philosophy of Science
This course reviews philosophical viewpoints that underlies the principles of natural science. Course for junior and senior students.
|GEN061 J||UNIT:2 WINTER|
N2: Computer Literacy
To acquire basic skills to utilize computers as a tool in the studies and other activities. Hands on exercise in lab included. One period of lecture and two periods of recitation weekly.
|GEN062 J||UNIT:2 AUTUMN+WINTER|
N2: Digital Network Information Literacy
With real problems students learn how to use the information on the Internet practically. Starting with selection of a main research theme(problem), students propose hypotheses and examine them. Finally students write their report or make aural presentation utilizing multimedia tools. Includes exercises on operation of related computer software.
|GEN063 J||UNIT:2 SPRING|
N2: Multimedia Communication Literacy
Instructor(s) set up a class-project before the class begins. In order to realize project's purposes students will determine purposes and tasks of their own and/or of groups. They will collect information to understand the topics and edit it to publish by utilizing digital instruments and/or other tools. Includes exercises on operation of related digital instruments and software.