南山大学

 

Student Voice Open Courses

Seminar in American Foreign Relations

BENBELLA, Joseph O'Daley (United States of America)
CJS Class of 2015–2016 / Bowling Green State University

Perspectives on War an Outside Look From Japan – Personal Essay.

Taking the course [Perspectives on War: An Outside Look from Japan] was one of the most interesting aspects of my study abroad experience in Japan and was crucial in helping to further develop my own personal areas of study. At my home university, I study both Asian Studies and Peace Studies. The course complemented these topics by allowing me to learn directly from Japanese students and a Japanese professor on the Japanese view of not only war but issues of peace and other problems currently found throughout the world. The course was organized so independent study led to cultural exchange, debate, and discussion between Japanese and foreign students. At the end of the semester we could take part in a nationwide presentation to present our findings to students and faculty of other universities. This was one of the most fulfilling experiences I have had, not just in terms of studying abroad but also in the entirety of my undergraduate career. I was nervous about my Japanese level upon entering the course, but the students and Fujimoto-sensei created a warm and welcoming environment.