Human resources development aims and educational goals of the College of Global Liberal Arts

(1)Human Resources Development Aims

  • The aim of the College of Global Liberal Arts is to train people who can identify the problems in our increasingly global society in a practical way, take a lead in the solution of those problems and continue their studies to be able to achieve this. These people will possess an insight into the diversity of human society and take a global overview of human history, they will act based on a keen sense of ethics and will have ample skills of verbalization and visualization and an innovative imagination regarding future society that is based on the advances in science and technology. This will be achieved through education and research on the humanities and social sciences and through experiences and independent learning that cross various borders in Japan, Australia and the various other societies of Asia.

(2)Educational Goals

[Knowledge and understanding]

  • To acquire wide-ranging knowledge on the diversity of human society and the plural paths of the history of the humanity and to be able to understand these using the methodology of the humanities and social sciences.
  • To be able to understand the diversity of the modern world and of the various societies of Asia in particular based on empirical knowledge.
  • To acquire knowledge on the social meaning of the progress of science and new technologies in the contemporary world and to be able to understand this by returning to the various basic theories of the humanities and social sciences.

[Thinking and judgment]

  • To be able to think logically and critically to form individual opinions.
  • To be able to evaluate moral values in various social contexts, consider how different ethical viewpoints can be taken in cases where there is conflict in ethical interpretation and contemplate better options for action.
  • To be able to identify problems and derive solutions based on pluralistic viewpoints and intellectual originality.
  • To be able to make strategic judgments to encourage cooperation that overcomes conflicts of interest and opinion.

[Interest, motivation and attitude]

  • To have high aspirations and a fighting spirit to be able to independently tackle social issues as a citizen with a sense of responsibility and a strong will to overcome difficulties.
  • To be able to respect and cooperate with different cultures, values and standpoints.
  • To be able to work on research with ethical awareness and practically integrated awareness regarding the relationship between intellect and society.
  • To have the sense of leadership necessary for problem solving and to be able to engage in the issues cooperatively.

[Skill and expression]

  • To learn the wide range of techniques that are necessary for the appropriate collection and analysis of information, including reading comprehension, quantitative literacy and information literacy, and to be able to use these techniques effectively in research.
  • To have the language proficiency, design competency, and multimedia proficiency that are the communication techniques necessary for the expression of individual intelligence and effective academic communication.

(3)Admission Policy (Student Acceptance Policy)

Based on the school spirit of “freedom and innovation” and on the educational philosophy of “peace and democracy,” Ritsumeikan College of Global Liberal Arts seeks students from Japan and the world who agree with its Human Resources Development Aims and educational goals and have passion to study at Ritsumeikan University. In accordance to this context, the students, admitted to the College, should have the following academic abilities, interests, and aptitudes.

①Knowledge and Understanding

  • Through education at a senior high school, etc., the applicants must have obtained the academic ability and English language ability necessary for the wide array of studies in the humanities and social sciences.

②Thinking and Judgment

  • Applicants must have the critical thinking abilities that form the foundation of academic knowledge and of making ethical judgments with global viewpoints.

③Interest, Motivation and Attitude

  • Applicants should be interested in social change, progress in science and technology, history in global perspective, and socio-cultural diversity.
  • Applicants must have challenging spirit, social tolerance, cooperative mind, and leadership in identifying and solving problems.

④Skill and Expression

  • Applicants must have the ability to reason appropriate data collections and their analyses, and the ability to clearly express and discuss their own opinions.

In order to choose students with the abilities listed above, the College of Global Liberal Arts will use multiple evaluation measures, including document screening, essays and interviews, to evaluate every applicant comprehensively (holistic assessment).

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①Knowledge and skill

  • Students who actively and practically utilize and have acquired what has been studied at senior high school, etc.
  • Students who read extensively on a wide range of fields and themes and have acquired the ability to write logical text

②Thinking, judgment and expression

  • Students who respect other cultures and differing opinions, think in a logical manner with pluralistic viewpoints about new discoveries and can make ethical judgements
  • Students who listen to others to seek sympathy and sharing and can put their own opinions actively and appropriately

③Independence and cooperation

  • Students who can identify issues and set objectives by themselves and have the ability to cooperate actively with others and continue efforts until the issue is solved

(4)Curriculum Policy (Curriculum Organization and Implementation Policy)

In order to achieve the human resources development aims and educational goals described above, the College will realize the distinguishing characteristics of the College and subjects and organize the curriculum based on the following five principles.

  1. To comprehensively learn the study of the liberal arts in a manner suitable for the globalized world
    The global liberal arts curriculum offered by this College uses the cultivation of learning rooted in the humanities and social sciences and mutual interaction between “different cultures” such as different countries, regions, genders, generations, languages, religions and values, so that it: a) inherits the essential nature of the liberal arts with regards to the development of tolerant moral excellence to enable coexistence and cooperation with people, societies and cultures that are different to oneself, whilst it also, b) reexamines the views of the world and understanding of history that were presumed by the conventional liberal arts in a wider and deeper context to open students to alternative viewpoints, and, c) uses an insight into the mutual interaction between society and various knowledge, to be able to approach the various issues for modern society with practical and creative problem solving. The points a) to c) above are realized in particular in the three subject groups of Cosmopolitan Studies, Civilization Studies and Innovation Studies, which form the core of the curriculum. The structure is set so that the students must conduct balanced study of each of these three subject groups to graduate. In addition, what is learnt there is summarized in a practical and applied manner in the Capstone Studies subject group.
  2. To acquire the ability to think logically and critically, the ability to make ethical judgments and the academic skills that form the foundation for the identification and solution of problems
    The study of the liberal arts connects to a wide range of postgraduate education from professional fields to academic fields and develops human resources with more specialized problem identification and solution skills. Through the Essentials of Global Liberal Arts courses in particular, in addition to cultivating logical and critical thinking skills and moral judgment skills, there is also wide ranging and phased study of research techniques and methodology with a focus on the humanities and social sciences. Finally, in the Capstone Studies, the ability to use those skills practically and comprehensively is improved.
  3. To improve the ability to cooperate in multicultural societies
    This College accepts students from various different cultural backgrounds, particularly from Japan, Australia and the various regions of Asia. All courses are conducted in English and also a multicultural study community is formed throughout the regular classes and extracurricular activities to develop multicultural cooperation capabilities. Furthermore, through cooperation with the Australian National University, a curriculum structure is realized that builds up “experiences that cross various borders in the various societies of Asia,” as stated in the human resources development aims, and more deeply and more certainly realizes the educational goal of “to be able to understand the diversity of the modern world and of the various societies of Asia in particular based on empirical knowledge.”
  4. To acquire the ability to set themes independently and with originality and also to effectively communicate research results
    This College in principle sets all courses as four credit courses (90 mins × 2 sessions/week × 15 weeks). The basic format is a course in which lectures and tutorials are combined, while some courses are provided as “seminar” with flipped learning style. The upper limit for the seminars and tutorials will be set to around 25 to 30 students (depending on the course) to pursue study in small groups with active learning. Also, three assistant professors will be assigned to support the study at the Academic Support Center of GLA. In addition to the learning portfolios, an environment will be prepared so that the students can confirm their own development, set their own learning goals and take steps to make the learning easier. Also, a wide range of opportunities will be prepared to nurture the ability to communicate information at each level of study, with the Capstone Studies at the top (by developing PBL type classes and opportunities for project type regular classes and extracurricular activities).
  5. To pursue the significance of studying in Japan as part of the world/Asia
    At the College of Global Liberal Arts, a minimum of two to three years of the four years of study are spent learning in Japan. In addition to providing opportunities for international students to learn Japanese, a curriculum will be developed that has subjects related to research on Japan developed within the framework of the global liberal arts and deepens the understanding of Japanese history, culture and society in a global context, where both the students from Japan and the international students acquire the learning necessary to support their ability to communicate information to the world from Japan or via Japan and their experiences learning in Japan can be used as assets for their career development. Efforts will also be made to achieve the objectives above by utilizing the location and superior facilities of the OIC campus of the University, which has the campus concept of being a “Gateway to Asia.”

(5)Diploma Policy (Degree Conferment Policy)

To achieve the human resources development aims and based on the educational goals, the College of Global Liberal Arts sets the abilities that the students should have mastered by the time of their graduation to be the following. When the student has acquired the credits prescribed for each subject and the total credits prescribed (124 credits), it will be viewed that the human resources development aims have been achieved based on systematic study and a bachelor’s degree (Global Liberal Arts) will be conferred.

[Knowledge and understanding]

  • To acquire wide-ranging knowledge on the diversity of human society and the plural paths of the history of the humanity and to be able to understand these using the methodology of the humanities and social sciences.
  • To be able to understand the diversity of the modern world and of the various societies of Asia in particular based on empirical knowledge.
  • To acquire knowledge on the social meaning of the progress of science and new technologies in the contemporary world and to be able to understand this by returning to the various basic theories of the humanities and social sciences.

[Thinking and judgment]

  • To be able to think logically and critically to form individual opinions.
  • To be able to evaluate moral values in various social contexts, consider how different ethical viewpoints can be taken in cases where there is conflict in ethical interpretation and contemplate better options for action.
  • To be able to identify problems and derive solutions based on pluralistic viewpoints and intellectual originality.
  • To be able to make strategic judgments to encourage cooperation that overcomes conflicts of interest and opinion.

[Interest, motivation and attitude]

  • To have high aspirations and a fighting spirit to be able to independently tackle social issues as a citizen with a sense of responsibility and a strong will to overcome difficulties.
  • To be able to respect and cooperate with different cultures, values and standpoints.
  • To be able to work on research with ethical awareness and practically integrated awareness regarding the relationship between intellect and society.
  • To have the sense of leadership necessary for problem solving and to be able to engage in the issues cooperatively.

[Skill and expression]

  • To learn the wide range of techniques that are necessary for the appropriate collection and analysis of information, including reading comprehension, quantitative literacy and information literacy, and to be able to use these techniques effectively in research.
  • To have the language proficiency, design competency, and multimedia proficiency that are the communication techniques necessary for the expression of individual intelligence and effective academic communication.

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