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全学自由研究ゼミナール (East West Interactions and the Formation of Modern Society)

East West Interactions and the Formation of Modern Society
You are now a student at the University of Tokyo. People tell you it’s the best university in Japan. At the same time, if you mean to make your way in the wider world not limited to Japan, you know you still have a long way to go.

What this course tries to do is to provide the student with an intellectual framework, or a basic skill-set, that would allow them to maximise the effect of an education in this university, when applying it to a career in the wider world.

The knowledge that you acquire from your specialised courses, while important, will only be one part of what you are expected to learn at (a top) university. You will be required to be able to explain how you, as an individual, connect and contextualise the knowledge acquired (separately) in the different courses you have chosen to study. Moreover, if your background is going to include study at the University of Tokyo, it would be difficult for others not to assume that that context would have something to do with a profound understanding of Japan and its place in the world.

This course tries to provide the opportunity to build up such a context that could be presented in a convincing manner.
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学期
時限
31699
CAS-TC1200S1
全学自由研究ゼミナール (East West Interactions and the Formation of Modern Society)
松原 健太郎
S1 S2
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2
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NO
他学部履修
不可
開講所属
教養学部(前期課程)
授業計画
The last two hundred years have seen an integration of diverse societies with different cultural traditions, histories, and values, into a largely coherent global order / interactive system. However, one characteristic of this global order / interactive system is that its terms have been set overwhelmingly by “The West”. Its common language is English, its preferred political mode of organisation is Democracy, its formal rules are set in terms of International Law. In trying to prepare the student to navigate such a Eurocentrically constructed environment as an individual, this course will start with historically analysing this asymmetry. The myths and realities regarding the modernisation of East Asia, distinctions between different Asian societies / traditions, as well as different Western societies, remarkable individual achievements in promoting mutual understanding, will all be topics for discussion. Discussions will be based on required reading of first-hand sources and cutting-edge research, so preparation could be a little demanding. After some sessions discussing historical topics (and how this history has shaped the modern world), each student will be asked, through individual discussion with the instructor, to identify a particular problem or topic on which they wish to deepen their studies, ideally in a way that can contextualise the various branches of knowledge they will be acquiring in different courses. Reading material for this part of the course will be selected individually in accordance with the student’s interests and linguistic abilities, and a presentation and final paper based on this reading (as well as original research, in cases where necessary) on that topic will be required toward the end of the course. It is hoped that this process will aid the student in constructing an individualised intellectual identity that can be expressed in English.
授業の方法
Classes will take the form of interactive lectures and discussions.
成績評価方法
Evaluation will be based on participation (including a presentation), a final paper.
履修上の注意
Willingness to engage in discussion in English is perhaps the only requirement. Reading material, as explained above, will be selected in accordance with the participants' interests and linguistic abilities.