An inter-disciplinary program for adult learners interested in learning about current global issues and civil society and/or preparing for graduate school careers in international organizations, sustainable development or work overseas while also advancing their professional English communication abilities.
Program Purpose and Expected outcomes
The main objective is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in development, nonprofit NGOs or socially responsible businesses.
Participants taking courses in the core component areas outlined below would develop:
- 1) An enhanced understanding of current global issues
- 2) Critical thinking skills
- 3) A better understanding of sustainable development
- 4) A deeper understanding of civil society
- 5) English communication skills
The program and course contents are developed for adult learners with intermediate to high-level English skills.
Training program distinguishing characteristics:
- Courses would be run in workshop format, including presentation, group discussion, pair work and simulation activities.
- The program will be conducted in English and materials used will mainly be in English. Most class presentation and discussion will take place in English as well.
- There will be ample opportunity for all participants to increase their language and communication skills, however, except for the preparation courses, the program focus will not on English language learning.
Over the past 20 years we have witnessed a growing interest in volunteering, nonprofits, NGOs, CSR (corporate social responsibility) philanthropy and social business in Japan. Over the past 5 years, many universities in Japan are both increasing the number of courses they offer in English and the types of course that may help students get jobs in international development. For example, top public universities such as Kyoto University have interdisciplinary courses in disaster and sustainability where many lectures are held in English. Internships, a standard part of high school and university education in the West, are taking off in Japan as a way to expose students to real situations and issues while also giving them opportunities to develop skills. At the same time, social and environmental issues are growing increasingly complex and nonprofit nongovernmental organizations face challenges requiring practical management and communication skills to further their causes.
Sarajean Rossitto is a Tokyo-based nonprofit NGO consultant. She facilitates workshops, seminars and and educational programs aimed at developing skills and understanding of global issues. She has worked with international organizations and nonprofit NGOs for more than 20 years coordinating grassroots and international programs as well as serving as a liaison between Japanese and overseas organizations.
Thomas Meyer is currently a DPhil candidate of the University of Oxford Department of Education. Thomas is also a graduate of the University of Essex Human Rights Centre, focusing on international humanitarian law. With many years as an educator for academic and professional writing skills, he also came to be interested in the sociology of curriculum through his teaching experience in Japan. His dissertation touches upon not only human rights learning in the curricula, but also teaching and learning practices in the classroom. Thomas’s many years as a researcher and educator makes him well suited to meet a variety of writing needs for students in his classrooms.
Richard Tai is from Los Angeles, California and has lived and taught in Tokyo since 2001. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton and a Master of Arts degree in History from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He has been involved in the anti-nuclear weapons movement and has participated in campaigns with several NGOs including Earth First! and Greenpeace. His current academic interest is the relationship between popular culture, science and technology.