You and Human Rights Issues (Spring) 人権問題と私たち - C

You and Human Rights Issues (Spring)
3rd & 4th Year Content-specific Advanced Level Research,
Discussion, Presentation and Writing
This course is for students who want to use English to learn about legal,
political, business and other issues.
Course description
This is what students will see IF they read the course handbook
Millions of people face discrimination, exclusion, and human rights
violations every day of their lives (women, people in poverty, child
soldiers, child laborers, minorities, people in war, refugees, indigenous
peoples, victims of torture, and many others). In this course you will
choose, learn about, discuss, and research human rights issues in Japan
and/or other societies that interest you. In the first half of the semester we
will build together our background knowledge about different human
rights issues, organisations, and activists. In the second part of the
semester, you will develop your own research project about a specific
human rights issue or case. Your research can include visiting different
organisations, doing interviews, and carrying out fieldwork. You will
research the issue or case over several weeks, develop a critical
understanding, and share your findings with other students.
(1) Attendance of 80% or more, (2) active participation in class activities,
and (3) weekly preparation of 1-2 hours outside class are required to
pass this course.
この授業の単位を得るためには(1) 80%以上出席し、(2) 授業に積極的に参
加し、(3) 毎週 1-2 時間の準備をすることが必要。
For key approaches to teaching and learning in this course, see the
‘Common Areas of Focus’ page in your Teachers Information Pack
for this course
• Use multiple sources of English information for research
• Student choice of research issues
• Student-centered activities
• Presenting and exchanging information in small groups of 2-4
• Frequent rotation of pairs and groupings
for this course
• 2-3 cycles of research, discussion, presentation and writing
• Course website information given in class
• Online on the taught-in-English website:
Class Schedule
This may be read by students BUT teachers
can adapt it and make a more specific class
schedule for their students
• On paper in the Teachers’ Room
Week 1: Course introduction, explanation of course requirements, goalsetting
Weeks 2-13: Two or three cycles of background reading and research,
discussions, presentations and writing on human rights issues of
students' choice
Week 14: Reflection and self-evaluation/assessment
Week 15: Class survey and review of the semester