What kind of courses are offered?
Students acquire Earth Literacy.
Global issues are complexly intertwined with various elements, and are difficult to be solved with only traditional expertise. In this program, through a uniquely designed curriculum, students acquire knowledge, attitudes, and methodology necessary to resolve these issues by using a new approach.
Students learn in the Problem/Program Based Learning (PBL) approach.
The BPGI courses are not in the form of traditional one-way lectures. Instead, we engage in interactive classes where students and teachers collectively assess real-life issues. The PBL approach is specifically used in imparting General Introduction to Global Issues, Methodology for Global Issues, Literacy in Global Issues (Environment), and Literacy in Global Issues (Human) in the first year; and Seminars and Practical Training on Global Issues in the second to the fourth year.
Students can also take courses at International Christian University (ICU).
In the first year, during the Spring Semester students take the courses at ICU. The University of Tsukuba has started a “Campus-with-Campus” scheme with ICU with the aim to facilitate transborder education and research by sharing campus functions. As part of this scheme, BPGI will also utilize the abundant resources of liberal arts education at ICU for the development of the students.
General Foundation Subjects(26.5 credits)
Freshman seminar, Physical Education, Information Literacy, Foreign Languages, ICU Liberal Arts Courses etc.
You can also take a course of Japanese as foreign language.
Through the subjects offered in BPGI, the students cultivate the following skills, attitude, and knowledge:
- Knowledge and communication skills that contribute to an international success.
- Skills to develop familiarity with sports, arts, and cultural activities.
- Attitude to cherish relationship between nature and humans and skills necessary to contribute to the society.
- General knowledge to address global issues related to earth environment and human society.
Foundation Subjects for Major (12 credits)
General Introduction to Global Issues
Learn about the complexity, dimensions, and depth of global issues that cannot be solved from the perspective of only a single discipline. Learn about the efforts of each country in the international community, in corporate strategies, in the United Nations system, etc. by developing a global perspective.
Methodology for Global Issues
Learn about methods and gain transferable skills necessary to tackle global issues. Learn about career development and design a unique career plan by having an understanding of different global activities and jobs.
Literacy in Global Issues (Environment)
Learn the fundamentals of natural science necessary to tackle global issues and cultivate science, technology, and global environmental literacy.
Literacy in Global Issues (Human)
Learn the fundamentals of human science necessary to tackle global issues and cultivate literacy in social inclusiveness and information.
Major Subjects (Lectures) (33.5 credits)
You acquire a specialized knowledge necessary to address global issues. Guidance in selection of courses is provided so that each you can acquire not only a general knowledge that everyone should acquire, but also acquire a specialized knowledge based on their interest, which can be central to their career selection in future.
Major Subjects (Practical Training/Seminars)(48 credits, 2nd, 3rd & 4th year of the program)
Flood in Joso City, 11 September 2015 (Photo: Geospatial Information Authority of Japan http://mapps.gsi.go.jp/)
To demonstrate leadership in addressing the global issues in the society after graduation, we provide practical training in the PBL approach. To be more specific, you conduct surveys on the environments and stakeholders in the fields facing global issues and participate in the discussions on the global issues. All students of BPGI must take practical trainings and seminars in both perspectives: Environment, Human.
Examples of the contents (tentative):
- Tsukuba Model United Nations
- Field survey in Joso-City (The area severe flood attacked in 2015).
What you can enhance in the practical trainings and seminars:
- Fundamental study of various issues of earth environment and human society
- Specific and methodological knowledge to tackle various issues related to earth environment and human society
- Ability to apply creativity and imagination to create a new future
- Communication and presentation skills in multiple fields
- Analytical and management skills for solving problems
- Development of creativity to solve problems and the ability to conduct surveys
Graduation Research or Internship (6 credits)
As a compilation of what they have learned in the four years, you engage in a graduation research or internships (long-term practical training) in order to prove that you have acquired the ability to identify an issue and find a solution to it on your own. In consultation with BPGI faculty members, you can choose topics freely, considering how you want to address the global issues in the future.
The degree of "Bachelor of Arts and Science" will be conferred when you complete the program.