Practice of “Media and Japanese Culture” : Its Benefits and Challenges
メディア 日本文化 国際交流 異文化コミュニケーション
From the academic year of 2015, the Center for International Education & Research of Mie University started to offer a new course called “Media and Japanese culture” to both international students and Japanese undergraduates. The main purposes of the course include, 1） to increase the understanding of the Japanese culture, society, and psychological tendencies through media, 2） to consider characteristics of Japanese culture and social issues （by comparing with those of student's own country）, and 3） to encourage intercultural communication through discussions and group presentations. This report discusses how media related topics and group presentations could be effective in enhancing the understanding of Japanese culture and cross-cultural communication among international and Japanese students. To do so, the course syllabus and results of class evaluations/questionnaire are introduced.