Last Class for “Scientific Literacy” (Presentation) (July 12, 2014)
Scientific literacy is a required subject for the first- and second-year students. The University syllabus defines “scientific literacy” as a course designed for students to acquire arts and social science knowledge essential for scientists and to develop multiple perspectives and values, which are important basic elements in becoming a scientist with a strong sense of social responsibility, through discussions. This is a tightly-scheduled course consisting of four sessions, each of which is a series of four classes held on Saturdays.
The last class for scientific literacy was conducted on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Students were required to deliver a presentation, from their own perspectives, on a topic selected from among those of the lectures offered in the course. Various topics were selected by students, including religion, education, research ethics (misconduct, social responsibility, etc.), gender theory, and nuclear power generation. Lively discussions followed each presentation, among students as well as between instructors and students.
For the science students, this course seemed to serve as an effective trigger to acquire the scientific literacy needed by a future global leader. (It provided an opportunity not merely for enhancing understanding of individual topics, but for personal enrichment.) It is also expected to help enhance students’ motivation to refine themselves in various areas – including self-awareness, behavior, intellectual curiosity (reading, etc.) and overseas activities – in order to become a person who can play a leadership role on a global stage.