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>Student Voice Lecture Courses in Japanese Area Studies

Japanese Politics Ⅰ

HONNOLD, Rebecca Amanda (United States of America)

CJS Class of 2015–2016 / Macalester College

The Japanese Politics class focused on the politics of Japan since the end of World War II. I had never taken any sort of political science course before coming to Nanzan University and I felt the professor did an incredibly good job in teaching the subject matter. Throughout the semester each student presented on a topic of their choice, with our professor then elaborating on the content during the class. I think this was a very good method because it not only helped us delve deeper into a topic of our choice, but it also helped us see a variety of issues within Japanese politics.

In my class there were students from all over the world. This provided opportunities to gain to extensive knowledge about other countries besides our own. Overall, I feel my knowledge of Japanese politics and world politics increased dramatically after taking this class at Nanzan University.

Topics in Japanese Linguistics

KRULEWITCH, Michelle Sarah (United States of America)

CJS Class of 2015–2016 / Indiana University, Bloomington

Topics in Japanese Linguistics is a course offered during the Spring Semester only. It is geared toward NIJ 500 students and above who want to do more deeply focused studies in linguistics, expanding on topics from the introductory course.

The professor had the class do group discussions on a weekly basis, allowing experimentation with complex structures and used group effort to solve linguistic errors. We usually split off into groups and were tasked to create an erroneous sentence and then fix it using previously learned topics. The professor did a great job in creating an active environment where students were able to freely bounce ideas off of each other.

‘Clinical Sessions' were also set up so that individual time could be had with the professor where students received constructive criticism on assignments. The professor's comments helped me to identify mistakes I often made and provided tips on how to avoid them. The best part of this course was that students were encouraged to make mistakes, causing them to not only notice the error but to think in reverse, something vastly different from what was taught in the language courses. I personally found this knowledge to be among the most beneficial gained through my studies at Nanzan.