The Journey to Becoming a Change Agent in Creating Sustainable Futures

Obtaining a degree is part of the process of becoming a change agent, but it is not the ultimate objective in life nor in SPSF.
As the circumstances and environment surrounding problems around the world continue to change, it becomes increasingly necessary to learn and adapt in order to build sustainable futures. To this end, the knowledge and expertise, the understanding of multiple perspectives, and the problem-solving competency cultivated at SPSF will form the foundation of the students’ lifelong journey.

SPSF is designed to develop students’ critical and creative thinking skills to help them to work in the global and local environment and find solutions to issues faced by the international community using an interdisciplinary approach. By interacting and collaborating with students from other majors, students will understand issues from multiple perspectives. That’s what makes SPSF so unique!

SPSF aims to create a learning environment free from conflicts of interest, where students from diverse backgrounds around the world can discuss their futures and deepen their understanding of each other’s perspectives. In order to do this, English is used as the common language in which all participants communicate. With slightly more limited credits, courses conducted in Japanese are also available for SPSF students who wish to improve their Japanese-language proficiency or for those who are interested in courses related to their respective specialized fields of study that are offered outside SPSF.

SPSF students can study under the common core theme “sustainable futures” together with students from other disciplines to further their understanding of the theme and to obtain a bachelor’s degree in one of seven displines when they graduate.

Theme-based: Lecture and Seminar

All SPSF students will take two courses as the SPSF Common Core, Theme-based, “First Year Lecture in/about Sustainable Futures (4 cr)” and Third Year Seminar for Sustainable Futures (2 cr)”.

First-Year Lecture in/about Sustainable Futures

This lecture is required for all SPSF first-year students. The six departments provide lectures related to each discipline of sustainability, while the SPSF coordinator shares the latest studies on sustainability and develops the lecture content from each department. Students learn about issues related to the various disciplines and engage in discussions that connect this broad content through the all-encompassing perspective of sustainability. The course deals with the basics of sustainability study and academic discipline in order to work towards sustainable futures.

Third-Year Seminar for Sustainable Futures
This seminar course is also required to integrate the contents of various lessons the SPSF students have learned. Students bring their knowledge and skills to collaborate in addressing global and local issues related to sustainable futures. The seminar will be based on PBL style and potentially offer off-campus programs such as internships, study tours abroad, and online lessons. The students set their groups for common selective issues about sustainability and develop a solution after researching and analyzing the backgrounds and structures of the issues.

Academic Skills

Basic studies reinforcing the skills of learning in English such as writing, critical thinking, engaging in discussions, and delivering presentations. All SPSF students will take four courses.

Academic Writing 1 (2 cr)

Academic Writing 2 (2 cr)

Academic Presentations (2cr)

Critical Thinking & Discussion (2 cr)

 

 

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