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A capacity to use technical information in English

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Curriculum to Develop a Capacity to Use Technical Information in English

Students at the Faculty of Regional Development Studies benefit from an educational environment that emphasizes the development of a capacity to use technical information in English rather than simply learning English for its own sake. The offering of specialized lectures taught in English is in accordance with our emphasis on experiential learning in fieldwork. Thus, students who develop a capacity to use technical information in English will be able to function more effectively in the future when working in an international environment. We intend to offer a growing number of courses taught in English, thus ensuring the academic environment is geared to the needs of international students and conducive to international exchanges on campus. Moreover, students are encouraged to write their graduation thesis in English. For those students who take up this challenge, it is an opportunity to make full use of the English skills and knowledge they acquire at the Faculty of Regional Development Studies.

Courses taught in foreign languages

The Faculty of Regional Development Studies offers 27 courses taught in English as of academic year 2012. Since subjects such as economics, sociology, and environmental studies are taught in English, students develop a capacity to use technical information in English.

In order to increase the number of courses taught in English and enhance the quality, the Faculty of Regional Development Studies is increasing the number of non-Japanese teaching staff and teaching staff with overseas experience. In the 2013 academic year more than 50% of the teaching staff at the Faculty of Regional Development Studies will teach courses in English. Our target is to increase the ratio of teaching staff who teach courses in English every year or every two years to over 55% by 2015.

Courses taught in English at the Department of Regional Development Studies, the Faculty of Regional Development Studies

  • Participatory Development
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies
  • Gender and Society
  • Urban Habitation
  • Asian Cities and Transport
  • Basic Academic Writing
  • Basic Academic Reading
  • Japanese Economy and Business
  • Academic Essay Writing
  • The Practice of Internet Technology, Network Configuration and Security
  • Information Publishing
  • Asian Economies
  • International Finance
  • Housing the Poor in Asia
  • Visual Sociology
  • Regional and Urban Sociology on Asian Countries
  • Regional to International Issues
  • Globalization and Culture
  • South Asian Studies
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Contemporary Global Issues
  • Urban and Transport Planning
  • Global Environmental Issues
  • Global Water Problems
  • Urban and Regional Environmental Management
  • Environmental Issues in Asian countries
  • Energy and Resources Management

Graduation thesis in English

The Faculty of Regional Development Studies encourages students to write their graduation theses in English and several students take on this challenge every year. A graduation thesis should be at least 20,000 characters in Japanese or 8,000 words in English. We are stepping up our support for students who choose to write their graduation theses in English. The newly opened Language Center offers full support to students striving to develop their expertise in academic writing in English.