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    The Nitobe Program aims to enable graduate students to supplement the special knowledge and expertise they acquire during their graduate studies to obtain fundamental competencies necessary for progress in this age of globalization. Curriculum Outline       

    Basic program Credit 2 (Each programs)

    • Candidates for this program are students who will be enrolling in the graduate schools at Hokkaido University in April 2016.
    • 60 students will be accepted, and a class on Tuesday or Thursday is offerd for each course – the fifth and sixth period for each day in general.
    • The students in each class will form teams. Each team will have about 6 students (i.e., about five teams per class). In the classes, active learning and interactive learning, such as Team-Based Learning (TBL)/Problem-Solving Learning (PSL)/Project-Based Learning (PBL), will be provided.
    Course Term Outline of the course
    a) Start-up Course Spring term Guidance and basic knowledge and skills (i.e., Facilitation, Project Management, Promoting Social Entrepreneurship and Marketing), that will be necessary in the Summer and later terms will be provided.
    b) Global Issues Course Summer term By focusing on the environment, society, economy and culture, the students will learn about global challenges and acquire an interdisciplinary viewpoint (scheduled for AY 2016: "Global Warming", "War & Society").
    c) Problem-Solving Course Fall term Each student will propose a solution to the set theme. Students will learn organizational work and collaboration necessary for solving problems. The goal of this course is to instil competency in solving problems through teamwork.
    d) Problem-Finding Course Winter term Students will learn the process of problem-solving from determination of the problem to analysis of the causes, survey and assessment of solutions found in the past, and proposing one’s own solution. This class will be conducted with cooperation from teaching staff with expertise and external collaborators including those from the local community and businesses.

    * Courses taught in both Japanese and English.

    Advanced program Credit 4

    • A full-year Project Planning and Solution Course will be provided as a core course (4 credits).
    • Candidates for this program are chiefly students who have completed the Basic Program and are registered in a (second-term) doctoral degree program.
    Course Term Outline of the course
    Project Planning and Solution Course A full-year course (6 months in real terms) A project that includes planning and proposal will be implemented for teams of students with multiple majors. Each student will utilize his/her professional knowledge and skills. Overseas projects and projects in collaboration with companies or local communities are planned to be provided.

    Advanced program is planned to open in AY 2017.    

    Supporting Course Credit 1

    • The Supporting Course (English Course for the Nitobe Program for Graduate Students) for reinforcing each student’s strengths and supplementing weaknesses will also be provided.
    Course Term Outline of the course
    English for the Nitobe Program for Graduate Students All four terms To enforce each student’s English competency, documentation, oral presentation and discussion in English will be learned.



    Team-Based Learning (TBL)

    TBL is a learning method in which individual students learn about a theme by themselves and then discuss the matter in teams and give team presentations based on the discussions. First, through the discussions on teams, the students will learn how to convey ideas to other members and will learn better from listening to other members. What the student learns is solidified through the discussion. In the process of delivering a presentation as a team, each student will learn to modify and deepen his/her ideas through the formation of a unified idea.

    Problem-Solving Learning (PSL)

    PSL is a learning technique that uses problems provided by the teaching staff. Students on teams will learn skills for finding academic knowledge necessary for solving the problem and ways of solving problems. This learning technique is generally called Problem-Based Learning (PBL); however, to clearly differentiate it from Project-Based Learning (PBL), it is called Problem-Solving Learning (PSL) at the Nitobe Program for Graduate Students.

    Project-Based Learning (PBL)

    This is learning through projects in which multiple students participate. PBL is a learning method in which skills that are hard to acquire through individual learning are acquired. The student will solve problems that they find by themselves. They are able to learn how to implement a project, in addition to acquiring necessary academic knowledge.

    Course subjects

    Basic Program

    Start-up Course Spring term: 2 credits Syllabus

    • Guidance will be held. In the guidance session, each student will understand the goals and significance of learning in the Nitobe Program for Graduate Students
    • The student will learn about advanced practical skills (facilitation, project management, promoting social entrepreneurship, and marketing).
    • The advanced practical skills learned by the students in this course are necessary for learning in the more advanced Global Issues Course, Problem-Solving Course, and Problem-Finding Course, which will be provided after this course.


    Global Issues Course Summer term: 2 credits Syllabus

    • Instilling wide-ranging interdisciplinary viewpoints is a goal of this course. By using Team-Based Learning (TBL), multiple global challenges will be studied, with a focus on the environment, society, economy and cultures.
    • For example, when global warming is set as a theme in the class, diverse viewpoints such as those based on natural science are necessary to understand the context, present situation and occurrence mechanism of global warming. To understand the framework of greenhouse gas reduction, a knowledge of social science is required. To understand technologies for reducing such gases, a knowledge of engineering is necessary. It is important to learn global challenges through discussions utilizing “a microcosm of international society”.


    Problem-Solving Course
    Fall term: 2 credits  Problem-Solving Course Syllabus

    • The students will learn about organizational work and collaboration, which are necessary in solving problems, through a process for proposing solutions to problems set by the teaching staff and for using techniques of Problem-Solving Learning (PSL) in teams.
    • The problems will not be limited to those of individuals and businesses. The students will address such problems as those whose solution will bring creative value to society.
    • The students and the mentor will have a session for presenting the solutions.


    Problem-Finding Course
    Winter term: 2 credits Problem-Finding Course Syllabus

    • Through Project-Based Learning (PBL) in teams, the students will experience the project process from finding problems by themselves, to analyzing the causes, surveying and assessing existing solutions, and proposing their own solutions.
    • For some special problems, teaching staff and representatives from local communities and businesses with specialized knowledge will collaborate in this course.



    Advanced Program

    Project Planning and Solution Course Full-year (6 months in real terms): 4 credits

    • The doctoral degree program students from various disciplines will make up a team and implement a project from planning to proposal and implementation. Advanced “3+1″ Competencies will be obtained through the implementation of a project.
    • The projects of this course will include those implemented overseas and those done in collaboration with businesses and local communities.

    Supporting Courses

    English Course for the Nitobe Program for Graduate Students: A course of 1 credit per term

    Syllabus Ia Mon(Intermediate) Tue(Pre-intermediate) Wed(Advanced) Thu(Intermediate) Fri(Pre-intermediate)
    Syllabus IIa Mon(Intermediate) Tue(Pre-intermediate) Wed(Advanced) Thu(Intermediate) Fri(Pre-intermediate)
    Syllabus Ib Mon(Intermediate) Tue(Pre-intermediate) Wed(Advanced) Thu(Intermediate) Fri(Advanced)
    Syllabus IIb Mon(Intermediate) Tue(Pre-intermediate) Wed(Advanced) Thu(Intermediate) Fri(Advanced)
    • For the purpose of further fostering English skills, students who participate in the Nitobe Program for Graduate Students will learn skills for writing, presentation, and discussion in English in small classes according to your proficiency level.
    • This course will be implemented by instructors whose native language is English.
    • The English Course for the Nitobe Program for Graduate Students will offer the following English courses: Ia (Spring term), IIa (Summer term), Ib (Fall term), and IIb (Winter term).
    • It is recommended that students take both Ia and IIa or both Ib and IIb, considering the content of the courses. Taking all four courses is permissible.