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SPACE-E

ACADEMIC PROGRAM

SPACE-E students are able to register for courses from any faculties after consulting and obtaining permission from their academic advisor and course instructor. Their supervisor will provide guidance at the beginning of the period and necessary advice and assistance throughout the program. Students in the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Agriculture will be required to conduct “Independent Study” as a part of their studies at Saga University.

FIELD WORK ON JAPANESE AFFAIRS

(Compulsory; Fall and Spring; 2 credits per semester)
The purpose of this course is to know and experience Japanese/ Saga affairs, though 1) attendance at lectures and discussions, 2) interview-based research projects on Japan or the Japanese people and 3) field trips to see areas in Saga or attend local events.

JAPANESE LANGUAGE COURSES

(Fall and Spring; 1-6 credits per course)
Saga University offers Japanese courses at six levels from beginning to advance. Students will take a placement test after their arrival and will be placed according to their language levels. The program offers flexibility and choice, enabling students to progress from basic daily life skills in the lower levels through to academic skills in the more advanced levels.

Japanese Language Level I (JLL1)
Designed for students who have little or no knowledge of Japanese. The purpose of this level is to acquire the first half of basic Japanese grammar enabling students to be proficient in speaking, writing, listening, and reading. This level focuses on enhancing oral proficiency, including listening skills. Students will also learn Japanese characters: Hiragana, Katakana, and approximately 120 Kanji. Successful students will achieve a proficiency level equivalent to level N5 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). Students can register in either the Integrated Japanese I (6 classes per week) or select one or more courses from Kanji I, Grammar I, Speaking I, and Reading I.

Japanese Language Level II (JLL2)
Designed for students who have basic knowledge of Japanese or who have successfully finished JLL1 at Saga University. The purpose of this level is to acquire the second half of basic Japanese grammar enabling students to be proficient in speaking, writing, listening, and reading. It focuses on developing more intricate parts of oral proficiency. Students at this level will learn approximately 300 Kanji. Successful students will achieve the proficiency level equivalent to JLPT level N4. Students can register in either the Integrated Japanese II (6 classes per week) or select one or more courses from Kanji II, Grammar II, Speaking II, Reading II, and Writing II.

Japanese Language Level III (JLL3)
Designed for students understanding beginner-level Japanese and who have started studying intermediate level Japanese or who have successfully completed JLL2 at Saga University. The aim of this course is for students to actively use beginner- level Japanese through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities, and to learn intermediate-level grammar items and expressions. Students can register in the Integrated Japanese III (5 classes per week) or select one or more from Kanji III, Speaking III, Reading III, and Writing III.

Japanese Language Level IV (JLL4)
Designed for students who can comprehend Japanese in everyday situations or who have successfully completed JLL3 at Saga University. This level aims to enable students to speak, write, comprehend, and read Japanese on personal interest topics and master the grammar and expressions/words at the intermediate level. Students practice basic preparatory academic skills in Japanese. Students in this level can register in one or more courses from Reading IV, Speaking IV, Listening IV, Writing IV, and Kanji IV.

Japanese Language Level V (JLL5)
Designed for students who are able to understand/discuss concrete academic topics of interest or who have successfully completed JLL4 at Saga University. At this level, students will learn fundamental skills of academic Japanese and develop enhanced comprehensive proficiency in the Japanese language. This level focuses especially on understanding logical structure in reading and writing. Students will also develop their aural and oral skills through practical activities and tasks. Students can register in one or more courses from Reading V, Presentation V, Listening V, and Writing V.

Japanese Language Level VI (JLL6)
Designed for students who have already reached basic fluency level of Japanese or who have successfully completed JLL5 at Saga University. Students can register in one or more courses from Speaking VI, Presentation VI, Reading VI, and Writing VI.

COURCES IN STUDENT’S MAJOR

SPACE-E students are able to register for courses from any discipline, but they need to consult their academic advisor and course instructor, and obtaining their permission. Students in the Faculty of Science and Engineering and Faculty of Agriculture are required to conduct “Independent Study” as a part of their studies at Saga University. Their supervisor provides guidance at the beginning of the period and necessary advice and assistance throughout the program.

FACULTY OF EDUCATION
Creating WEB Pages on Japan (Fall; 2 credits)
The objective of this course is for students to learn HTML (HyperText Markup Language) and to create their own WEB pages featuring Japanese culture, Japanese people and their experiences as students in Japan.
Modern Trends in Environmenta Conservation in Japan - Technology, Lifestyle, etc.(Fall; 2 credits)
The course will include lectures and discussions on environmental conservation in Japan. The topics are 1) its history, 2) the legal system, 3) activities involving the "three r's ( to realize a recycling-oriented society) and 4) the health-care sytem. During the semester, the students participate in two day-trips in the field to observe a waste processing facility, a waste disposal plant, new environmental safeguards or the like.
Developing Web Pages on Japan (Spring; 2 credits)
The objective of this course is for students to learn HTML (HyperText Markup Language) and to develop Web pages featuring Japanese culture or people and their experiences as students in Japan.
Field methods in Linguistics (Spring; 2 credits)
The aim of this course is for each student to be able to analyze an indigenous foreign language the student had not known, eliciting linguistic data from an informant of the language.
An intoduction to second language acquisition and bilingualism (Spring; 2 credits)
This course is designed to introduce students to key issues surrounding second language acquisition and bilingualism, and also to provide rudimentary training in social science research methods. In so doing, we eill reflect upon our own first and second language learning experiences, whilst also comparing and contrasting language pedagogy across countries. We will then design and carry out a mini project in the latter half of the course, addressing the resarch questions we will have specified ourselves within a given topic.

FACULTY OF ART AND REGIONAL DESIGN


Japan & Southeast Asia in the Colonial & Postcolonial World (Fall; 2 credits)
Even in the current post-Cold War era, the relationship between Japan and Southeast Asia is still influenced by various historical aspects of their prewar and wartime relationships. This course gives a historical overview of the political, economic and cultural exchanges between Japan and Southeast Asia. Kyushu's unique role in the Japanese "southward advance movement" of the prewar period will be also discussed in the lecture.
Public Speaking (Fall; 1 credits)
Through reading-based discussion, we will explore the theme of study abroad by connecting interviews with students who have studied abroad by connecting interviews with students who have studied abroad with Hofstede's taxonomy of values. This course will help you reflect on your own values with refrence to study abroad developing your intercultural communicative competence in the process.
English Thesis Writing (Spring; 1 credits)
Thesis writing skills will be developed through experiential learning in the form of a content-based intercultural project leading to the production of a mini-thesis.
FACULTY OF ECONOMICS
Development Economics (Fall; 2 credits)
The main objective of this subject is to provide basic knowledge of Asia’s development experience. The subject aims to discuss the theoretical and practical experience of socioeconomic development for developing countries in Asia during the post-WWII period. It also expects to discuss Japan's economic relationship with Asian (regarding import/export, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Official Development Assistance (ODA)). Students who register for this course is required to obtain TOEFL-iBT 61 or above, or IELTS 5.0 or above.

FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Introduction to Science and Engineering A (Fall; 2 credits)
This course outlines research topics in each of the seven divisions of the Faculty of Science and Engineering of Saga University and gives short lectures on each topic in “omnibus” style. We will have discussions during the lectures, and you will receive exercises on each research topic.
Introduction to Science and Engineering B (Spring; 2 credits)

This course outlines research topics (different from those in A) in each of the seven divisions of the Faculty of Science and Engineering of Saga University and gives short lectures on each topic in “omnibus” style. We will have discussions during the lectures, and you will receive exercises on each research topic.

FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE
General Topics on Applied Biological Science (Fall; 2 credits)
The general topics and specific research fields regarding applied biological sciences will be introduced by all of academic staff in this department (omnibus style).
General Topics on Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (Spring; 2 credits)
"Department of Environmental Science"in Faculty of Agriculture has conducted variety of researchs concerning the improvement of environmental quality. The general topics and specific research fields about agricultural and environmental sciences will be introduced by all of academic staff in this department (omunibus style).
Oleo science(Spring; 2 credits)
The class contains the topics concerning "Oleo Science", which is widely used in modern society. Especially, the class focuses on chemical structures and properties of oils used in various fields

INDEPENDENT STUDIES

(Spring and Fall; each 2 credits)
SPACE provides exchange students an opportunity to conduct “Independent Studies” with a supervisor. You need to write a research field and topic and possibly a professor’s name on your application form. Please refer to the following URL to search for information about professors and their specializations. URL: http://www.irdc.saga-u.ac.jp/ja/interest/space.html

Faculty of Education, Faculty of Art and Regional Design and Faculty of Economics
Independent Study with your supervisor is optional. You are able to do Independent study after obtaining the approval of a supervisor.

Faculty of Science & Engineering and Faculty of Agriculture
Independent Study with your supervisor is compulsory. You must write a research field and topic and possibly a professor’s name on your application form. You can find the lists of professors together with their research topics.

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