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Worlds of Knowledge

Courses in Worlds of Knowledge seek to cultivate the balanced intellectual scholarship and insight expected of an individual with a liberal arts education in the academic areas which form the basis of human life. This category empowers students with a broad-based university education to acquire diverse knowledge and basic methodology in each academic field. Through active reading and investigation, as well as the process of debate, students will cultivate autonomous thought in order to reflect on and clarify their stance, which will aid in the development of critical and creative abilities. These courses will contribute to students’ knowledge of the major issues related to human life, society, and nature, and also to the formation of the capacity to participate in and responsibly judge the world and themselves.

♦ Language and Literature
Courses in Language and Literature are aimed at understanding different languages; the characteristics, structure, and context of the literary works; and acquiring diverse academic methodology and knowledge. Thus the courses intend to enhance the capacity for deeper awareness of the world and human life and to understand languages and literary works from an integrated and critical perspective through in-depth readings, presentations and debates, and appreciating the works.

♦ Culture and Art
Courses in Culture and Art focus on the humanistic understanding of diverse cultures and obtaining academic knowledge and various perspectives on visual and auditory art works and activities. Thus the courses intend to enhance the capacity for deeper awareness of the world and human life and to understand culture and art from an integrated and critical perspective through in-depth readings, presentations and debates, and appreciating the performances.

♦ History and Philosophy
Courses in History and Philosophy focus on cultivating cultural communication as a global citizen and acquiring a basic knowledge of ancient thought through the teachings of humanity's spiritual-cultural heritage, the histories of diverse societies from the East and West, and Eastern and Western philosophical, religious, and aesthetic value systems (truth, goodness, beauty). In addition, the courses actively encourage going beyond uni-dimensional thinking to gain perspective of specific academic disciplines, which makes possible integrative and convergent thinking.

♦ Politics and Economy
Courses in Politics and Economy focus on the academic understanding of changing normative, political, and economic behaviors as well as the interactions between individuals and corporations, and between national and international societies. Through methodological analysis and debating diverse values, and by building the capacity and thought processes that enable students to interpret phenomena from various perspectives, students can cultivate the capacity to independently participate and to understand and form an opinion about the normative, political and economic situations that could arise later in life.

♦ Humans and Society
Courses in Humans and Society encourage the understanding of diverse academic knowledge and approaches to various patterns and characteristics through the participation of the individual and group, society and humanity in social, cultural, psychological, and educational activities. By learning about the important issues, various analytical approaches, and diverse frames of understanding used in each academic field, these courses intend to help students develop analytical and critical thinking skills in understanding diverse phenomena from various perspectives. They also seek to cultivate the ability to form perspectives on judgment and understanding of important social and individual situations.

♦ Nature and Technology
Courses in Nature and Technology aim to understand the link between science and technology and to cultivate scientific thinking and acquisition of the basic science knowledge as an educated person in modern society. Accordingly, these courses help students understand nature and the role of technology in modern society. The courses strive to strike a proper balance between demonstrations/experiments and theoretical education taking students’ various academic background into consideration.

♦ Life and Environment
Courses in Life and Environment, which greatly influence the lifestyle and survival of humanity, aim at cultivating the ability and perspective to connect an understanding of basic scientific knowledge related to life and environment to various areas of human activity and diverse fields of study. Accordingly, the courses intend to help students understand the influence that the development of biology and rapid environmental change have on human life and modern society and teach basic knowledge of life, earth and environmental science. The courses strive to strike a proper balance between demonstrations/experiments and theoretical education, while including abundant examples to help students grow through educational experience.

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