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"Creative Science and Engineering Literacy" - Cross-Cultural Communication -

Ms. Ai Nishijima
2nd year student at the School of Creative Science and Engineering

This class consists of a set of lectures and seminars. The lectures are held in a large classroom and feature a different professor every time, while the seminars are classes held by group in smaller classrooms. An issue discussed in one of these seminars was "emailing with consideration". Email has become an indispensable item in today's society. Contact between friends, as well as announcements from the university and communication with professors, is performed almost entirely using email. However, when email is saved, the content of the email remains forever, be it good or bad. Furthermore, since email is typed rather than written by hand, the writer is judged by sentence composition, contents of the email, and language used. It is not uncommon to exchange email with someone whom you do not know. In this seminar, students actually compose an email regarding "a request for a letter of recommendation for an academic scholarship" and send the email to the professor. A discussion is held regarding impressions of each of the emails and then a presentation is given. During this exercise, there were many emails which gave a bad impression, were difficult to understand, or lacked the name of the sender. However, there were few perfect emails. In summary, we are incapable of composing a proper email even when we try our best to do so, and positive or negative impressions of a person are decided by a single email.

In the School of Science and Engineering, unless a student enrolls on his or her own initiative, it is difficult to obtain this kind of common sense that is needed to function in society. However, this Creative Science and Engineering Literacy class is a required subject. The class also features instruction regarding intellectual property rights, presentation seminars, and communication seminars, all of which allows students to acquire logical techniques for the transmission and exchange of information. Such skills will be needed in the future to function in society. Among all required subjects, this class is the closest to a liberal arts class, and students are expected to gain the fundamental skills needed to become "highly creative scientists and engineers with a broad field of vision". This class enabled me to obtain important skills such as the ability to write effectively, the ability to give an effective presentation, and the ability to use proper language. In addition to students from the School of Creative Science and Engineering, I hope that students from other schools will also become interested in this class.

*This course is managed by the Division of Intercultural Studies and the Division of Intellectual Assets and Socio-Industrial Policies with the cooperation of the 5 departments of the School of Creative Science and Engineering.

(Offered by WASEDA WEEKLY)