The goal of this seminar is to enhance the appreciation for diversity and to increase quality interactions among students from diverse groups at the IES Tokyo Center. The seminar is preparatory in nature, conceptualized as a fundamental component of both the personal and interpersonal development of students abroad. The seminar will apply the findings of scholarly research and be grounded in dialogue-based teaching methods and practices.
Concepts of diversity and identity found in Japan and U.S. cultures will be examined and compared while placing students’ experiences and observations as a central lens for exploration. Students will be expected to participate in discussion of readings and dialogues centered around increased awareness of social identity and its influence on individuals, systems, structures, and communities.