Fall Term Courses


ArrowProfessional Writing for Policymakers

Term Fall
Course Number LAN0140E
Instructor O’Neill

005This course will help students to develop their writing skills for policy memos and reports designed for professional—rather than academic—audiences. During the course, various guidelines and writing guides from international organizations and governments will be compared and analyzed. This information along with the students’ own experiences as writers will be combined to develop a framework for professional policy memo writing. Students will work together to write a policy memo piece by piece in class during the course. The skills learned in this course will enable students to craft expert policy memos in English or in another language. This course is recommended for all students.Arrow


ArrowDissertation Writing

Term Fall Session 1
Course Number LAN0130E
Instructor Kahy

007This 1-credit course introduces doctoral students to the techniques and competencies required for a vital pillar of graduate-level writing: writing from sources. These techniques and competencies include aggregating, organizing, summarizing, and synthesizing research arguments in various academic fields. Students will acquire these competencies by analyzing and emulating the work of professional writers. By the end of the course, students will learn how to weave together “a research story” that explains the need for, and introduces, their own contribution to the field. In the course of eight weeks, students will attend lectures and have individual consultations with their instructor to receive feedback on their writing. This course will be taught in sections; adjustments may be made to the syllabus to meet the specific needs of the students. This course is highly recommended for doctoral students and for 2-year master’s students.Arrow

ArrowAcademic Presentations

Term Fall
Course Number LAN0120E
Instructor Lewis

HelenThis course will enable students to turn the salient points of their research into a clear and compelling presentation. We will learn how to do four things: create meaningful content, simplify specialised language, design attractive slides, and find one’s own voice. Students will do three presentations during the course as well as practice speaking each class in different practical tasks. Finally, we will handle the protocols of handling questions professionally. Arrow


 

Winter Term Courses


ArrowAcademic Vocabulary Development

Term Winter
Course Number LAN0180E
Instructor Nakatsugawa

011Given the need for GRIPS students to create policy papers that exhibit rich, sophisticated vocabulary, we will foster further development of students’ command of academic vocabulary. More specifically, we will employ both implicit vocabulary learning with a modest quantity of assigned readings as well as explicit instruction of academic vocabulary. The latter will also include time spent on etymologies in order to deepen students’ knowledge of academic vocabulary. Students will also learn the basics of using language corpora to enhance their knowledge of academic vocabulary collocations and usage. Finally, we will devote time to examining genre-specific corpora tailored to the various programs at GRIPS. Students should complete this course with both increased knowledge of academic vocabulary and confidence in their ability to use it skillfully.Arrow


ArrowThesis Writing for MSP

Term Winter
Course Number LAN0150E
Instructor O’Neill

005This course is designed to support Maritime Safety and Security Policy Program (MSP) students in the culminating writing task that they must undertake at the end of their study at GRIPS and the Japan Coast Guard Academy (JCGA). The course guides students through the key competencies needed to complete the final paper according to the discourse conventions in their field. First among the competencies taught will be the skills and knowledge needed to reference existing research without plagiarizing the ideas or words of other researchers. These skills include summarizing, paraphrasing, and citing sources. All student work will be examined closely for its similarity to existing research in the students’ fields, and students will be expected to explain and indicate clearly the sources of their information and ideas. This course is highly recommended for all MSP students.Arrow



ArrowQualitative Writing

Term Winter
Course Number LAN0160E
Instructor Wickens

010Qualitative research differs significantly from quantitative research. This course explores qualitative research methods and writing including document analysis, interviews, participant observation and other methods. Students will learn how to conduct qualitative research and write the in-depth detailed description common in qualitative analysis. In class, we will have lectures and individual consultations to help students pursue their research. This course is strongly recommended for students conducting qualitative research. The contents of the course will be adjusted to meet students’ research goals.Arrow



ArrowAbstract Writing for Japanese Students

Term Winter, Spring
Course Number LAN0170E
Instructor Ono

008This course aims to provide both guidance and support for Japanese students who are writing abstracts in English for the first time. By taking a genre approach to academic writing, students will first analyze published abstracts to identify conventions for format and content organization, as well as common patterns of language use. Following these analyses, students will individually plan and draft their abstracts. Finally, students will learn to use corpus tools to edit and revise their drafts for language. Additional grammar focus will be offered in response to any language problems encountered over the course of study. This is also a required course for domestic students in the Public Policy Program who wish to take Global Studies.Arrow


ArrowDescribing Tables & Figures

Term Winter
Course Number LAN0010E
Instructor Wickens

010In this course, students will learn the basics of creating and describing attractive, effective visual elements for academic papers. APA style for tables and figures will be discussed in detail, and various computer tips will be demonstrated. Second, the language necessary for describing tables and figures in both oral and written contexts will be examined. Finally, time will be devoted to becoming an informed and discerning consumer and critic of tables and figures. Arrow

 

Spring Term Courses


ArrowDiscussion and Debate for Policymakers

Term Spring
Course Number LAN0200E
Instructor Lewis

HelenThis course will help students to present their opinions in English with clarity and conviction. They will be encouraged to draw upon their interests to present and analyse arguments from news sources. We will cover a range of skills including research skills, analysing and critiquing arguments, and effective intonation and voice projection. This course is suitable for any student who would like to build competence in meetings and workplace discussions.Arrow



ArrowAcademic Communication for Japanese Speakers

Term Spring
Course Number LAN0190E
Instructor Nakatsugawa

011This course is designed for Japanese students who wish to learn to engage in academic communication in English. Under the overarching theme of sustainability, this course will offer a variety of tasks that simulate language use in real academic contexts. Starting with simple listening and note-taking activities, students will gradually be familiarized with academic discourse and vocabulary. There will also be opportunities for speaking, from simple questions and answers to group discussions and debates. As the course proceeds, students will select a topic of interest and develop it into a poster presentation. The course will conclude with a poster presentation session in which students will present their work and answer questions about their chosen topic. The overall goal of the course is for students to experience, and gain confidence in, communicating knowledge and ideas in English. Although the primary approach is to learn by doing, grammar and other language features will be addressed as necessary. This course will be taught in both English and Japanese.Arrow

ArrowPolicy Presentations


Term Spring
Course Number LAN0210E
Instructor Lewis

HelenThis course is for students to learn how to enjoy giving formal presentations in English. The emphasis will be on finding their strengths and a personal style which works for them. Students will learn how to use a simple structure to create content that is remembered by the audience in terms of meaning, emotion, and connection. We will refer to case studies in a mixture of video and text. Students will learn not only how to give a presentation, but also how to introduce and thank a speaker gracefully and handle questions smoothly.Arrow



ArrowAbstract Writing for Japanese Students

Term Winter, Spring
Course Number LAN0170E
Instructor Ono

008This course aims to provide both guidance and support for Japanese students who are writing abstracts in English for the first time. By taking a genre approach to academic writing, students will first analyze published abstracts to identify conventions for format and content organization, as well as common patterns of language use. Following these analyses, students will individually plan and draft their abstracts. Finally, students will learn to use corpus tools to edit and revise their drafts for language. Additional grammar focus will be offered in response to any language problems encountered over the course of study. This is also a required course for domestic students in the Public Policy Program who wish to take Global Studies.Arrow

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